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Generations of Women moving history forward

F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. -- March is the time to celebrate and pay tribute to women who have played an important role in the shaping of our society. 

The 2007 Women's History Month theme "Generations of Women Moving History Forward" promotes the recognition of those dominant women who, throughout our history, have strengthened and transformed America. 

One of the featured 2007 honorees is Minnijean Brown Trickey who, among many women, played a critical role in our nation's history. She, along with eight other black American teenagers, defied death threats, hostile white demonstrators and even the Arkansas National Guard to attend the all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. As she rose above the adversity, she took a courageous step that not only changed her life and education but that of African-Americans. 

The integration of Central High School occurred more than 50 years ago, but the impact is still felt today. You can read more about this phenomenal woman as she continues today to promote the theory and practice of nonviolence as means toward social change as a teacher, writer and lecturer. The acclaimed documentary that follows her life is "Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown," which recognizes a woman, who through her own experience and courage, has moved history forward. 

I can personally reflect on many women in my life who have played an important role in mentoring, nurturing and strengthening me to become a better person each day. I have learned that the individuals around you, be it your mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters, family, friends, co-workers or bosses, are the people that directly impact your life and help pave a way for opportunity. As Minnijean Brown Trickey set the course for success, so can you.