What Women’s History Month Means to Me
By 2Lt Monica Harvey, 366th Contracting Squadron / Published March 28, 2014
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho --
Women, and the men who support them, have come a long way in terms of encouraging, promoting and establishing an equal workforce. Women's History Month shines light on the strengths and diversity women bring to the boardroom, congressional floor and battlefield.
Prior to attending Purdue University, I had no connections to the military, and after a successful college career - complete with earning a patent that could save children's lives - I chose to pursue Air Force Officer Training School. Being accepted to serve as an officer was a great opportunity for more responsibility and citizenship, and I'm grateful to be a part of a community that has given me strength and confidence. Since my military career began, my brother chose to attend the U.S. Military Academy and my mother has joined the Army National Guard as a doctor.
My background and passion for economics and finance enabled me to serve as a contracting officer. I think the work we do in contracting, especially in a contingency environment, is tremendously rewarding. We're entrusted with taxpayer dollars - anything you see or hear on base stems from us. We get a breadth of knowledge because we work with every squadron in the wing to help them complete their mission. In theater, we add to the fight by winning hearts and minds of locals through our unique ability to establish economic prosperity.
I have only been in the military for a short time, but I can say we have true professionals. As a military member, I have never paid attention to gender because we are all Airmen first, and I feel empowered to be who I am. We are a diverse nation and our military should reflect that.
Women's History Month isn't about thinking negatively toward the disproportionate number of women who are CEOs or top government officials. It's a reminder that we should empower women to pursue their dreams. Dreams have no boundaries, whether it's President of the United States, a marine biologist or a stay at home mom.
Women's History Month allows us a time to think about where we've been in respect to where we are now. We must continually take action to get to where we want to be in the future.