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Secretary of the Navy International Women’s Day Salute

March 5, 2020

Welcome to the official blog of the International Women’s Day Forum, hosted by Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The event features a panel of women speakers moderated by Courtney Kube of NBC News, as well as a panel discussion from government and military officials, along with remarks from Sec. Modly.

Watch video from the event below.

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200305-N-PM193-1522 WASHINGTON (March 5, 2020) Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly delivers remarks at the conclusion of the 2020 Secretary of the Navy International Women’s Day Salute at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Modly hosted the salute in recognition of Women’s History Month and the March 8 global observance of International Woman’s Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)
200305-N-PM193-1124 WASHINGTON (March 5, 2020) Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly delivers remarks to open discussions during the 2020 Secretary of the Navy International Women’s Day Salute at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Modly hosted the salute in recognition of Women’s History Month and the March 8 global observance of International Woman’s Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)
200305-N-PM193-1564 WASHINGTON (March 5, 2020) Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly speaks with Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena Coqui during the 2020 Secretary of the Navy International Women’s Day Salute at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Modly hosted the salute in recognition of Women’s History Month and the March 8 global observance of International Woman’s Day. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)
200305-N-PM193-1465 WASHINGTON (March 5, 2020) Discussion panel members speak to guests at the International Women’s Day Salute event. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly hosted the International Women’s Day Salute at the Army Navy Club in Washington D.C. on March 5, 2020. The global observance of International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to advocate for continued change, and to celebrate acts of courage, determination and achievement by women who contribute to their communities, countries and international security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)
200305-N-PM193-1248 WASHINGTON (March 5, 2020) Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena Coqui speaks to guests at the International Women’s Day Salute event. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly hosted the International Women’s Day Salute at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. on March 5, 2020. The global observance of International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to advocate for continued change, and to celebrate acts of courage, determination and achievement by women who contribute to their communities, countries and international security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)
200305-N-PM193-1022 WASHINGTON (March 5, 2020) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday speaks to midshipmen at the International Women’s Day Salute event. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly hosted the International Women’s Day Salute at the Army Navy Club in Washington D.C. on March 5, 2020. The global observance of International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to advocate for continued change, and to celebrate acts of courage, determination and achievement by women who contribute to their communities, countries and international security. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)
200305-N-PM193-1209 WASHINGTON (March 5, 2020) U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, from Iowa, speaks to guests at the International Women’s Day Salute event. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly hosted the International Women’s Day Salute at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. on March 5, 2020. The global observance of International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to advocate for continued change, and to celebrate acts of courage, determination and achievement by women who contribute to their communities, countries and international security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)
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Watch below as Women’s History Month Honors The Sailor’s Creed .

History: Notable Navy Women

Read about women trailblazers in the Navy in these features from Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC):

First African American Female Officers

First Female Flag Officer: Rear Admiral Alene B. Duerk, NC, USN

Making Dreams Come True

Navy Women of Courage and Intelligence

Captain Rosemary Mariner, USN

These and other features on notable Navy women can be found on the NHHC homepage for Women’s History Month.

Event Background

The global observance of International Women’s Day (March 8) provides an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to advocate for continued change, and to celebrate acts of courage, determination and achievement by women who contribute to their communities, countries and international society.

Official observance of International Women’s Day by the Department of the Navy provides an opportunity during Women’s History Month to acknowledge, celebrate and promote the role of women in defense and national security (to include our Navy-Marine Corps-Civilian team), as well as the U.S. strategy to grow women’s participation in national security.

The Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, signed into law by President Trump on October 6, 2017, recognizes the critical link between women’s participation and peace, and mandated the creation of a government-wide strategy to increase the participation of women in security processes. Reflecting a growing global movement to advance women’s inclusion in the security sector, observance of International Women’s Day provides an invaluable platform to demonstrate the achievements and importance of women’s contributions in this regard, and give voice and inspiration to generations of men and women on the value of inclusivity and diversity of thought and participation.

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