Womens' History Month: Living the Legacy

  • Published
  • By Capt. Jessica Stone
  • 908th Airlft Wing
This Womens' History Month, I'm drawn to the stories of the amazing, ground-breaking women in the Air Force, stories of women like Nancy Love, Elizabeth Jacobson, Sally Kucera, Shawna Kimbrell, and so many others, but I'm not really qualified to tell you any of their stories. I'm really only qualified to tell you mine.

I used to believe that my personal history wasn't important. I didn't want to be singled out, and I felt inadequate to represent my gender. Then I came to the 908th Security Forces Squadron, of which I'm the first female officer, and one of my sisters-in-arms helped me realize my wrongness.

Each one of us represents all of us, and we have a responsibility to do that to the very best of our ability.

I still don't feel that I've done anything remarkable. I've only been able to walk the paths I have because women before me broke them open. All I've done is made choices to set and keep my feet upon those paths. Seven years before I was born, the first woman was accepted into my career field. I was naïve to think there weren't still people who didn't feel she should have been. But she was, so I could be, and every day I try to live in the personal legacy she left me and every woman who wears the blue beret.

This Womens' History Month, I humbly ask that you spend a moment hearing, reading, or watching a woman's story. Whether it's asking a female Airman in your unit to share her personal history, or researching the story of one of the women I listed above, you'll find that ground-breaking moments aren't just in our past; they're happening now, all around the Air Force.