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Pvt. Brittny Jackson, left, of 19th Adjutant General Company, and Yongsan Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Diane Foster participate in a cake-cutting ceremony during the Troop Command Women’s Equality Day observance Monday at Yongsan Garrison.
Pvt. Brittny Jackson, left, of 19th Adjutant General Company, and Yongsan Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Diane Foster participate in a cake-cutting ceremony during the Troop Command Women’s Equality Day observance Monday at Yongsan Garrison. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Human trafficking, voting rights and suffrage history were among topics discussed Monday at the Troop Command Women’s Equality Day observance.

While normally observed on Aug. 26 to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, this year’s observance was held early to accommodate the annual Ulchi Focus Lens exercise.

Held at the Yongsan Garrison Theater, the event featured a slide show depicting important milestones in women’s history, musical performances, a poetry reading and comments from Yongsan Garrison’s top enlisted woman.

“Today some young folks may look at this and say, ‘What’s the big deal?’ ” said Command Sgt. Maj. Diane Foster.

Foster said equality is a concept most young Americans have grown up with, but she urged the community to remember the work of people who fought for equality.

“Respect for all, regardless of race, creed, color and, yes, gender,” Foster said. “That’s the take-away.”

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