NBC Los Angeles – For the first time ever on Thursday, soldiers at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos stood for a female African-American Major General.
Gen. Marcia Anderson is the first Black woman with two stars in the Army or Army Reserve, and says despite 237 years with no female Major Generals, equality abounds in the military.
“Currently, and I’m very proud of this fact, women serve in 93 percent of all army occupations, and women comprise 13.5 percent of the active army,” according to Anderson.
Anderson spoke in advance of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, which was founded by the late politician and feminist icon Bella Abzug.
“She was the first Jewish woman to be elected to the House of Representatives,” according to Anderson. “One of her famous quotes is, ‘Women belong in the house. The House of Representatives.’”
Soldiers from Los Alamitos and Riverside soaked it all in.
“You clearly can feel the energy she brings to the table. She’s been doing this for a little while, but she’s not tired of it,” said CSM Robert Roberson, of the 79th Support Command.
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