Media are invited to attend Fort Lee’s Women’s Equality Day Observance – a celebration of the progress and achievements women have made throughout history and their continued determination to be represented equally in society.

WHAT: Women’s Equality Day Observance

WHEN:   11:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 16

WHERE:  Lee Theater

Media planning to attend must contact Sarah Gauvin by 10 a.m. Thursday to coordinate an escort to the event at (804) 734-6965, (804) 400-7273 or

Themed “Nevertheless She Persisted,” the event is hosted by the Staff and Faculty Company, 71st Support Battalion. The speaker is Col. Beth Behn, commander, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), at Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

Aug. 26 is designated as the official Women’s Equality Day. This occasion has been recognized since 1973 by presidential proclamation after a bill introduced by Congresswoman Bella Abzug was approved by Congress. The day is an opportunity to celebrate the victories for equality that women have won and to rededicate the country’s commitment to eliminate discrimination against women.

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Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army logistics professionals. Major organizations on the installation include the Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, Combined Arms Support Command, the Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and U.S. Army Transportation School. Fort Lee supports nearly 86,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees and boasts an economic impact of about $2.4 billion per year.