Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Reserve Colonel Launches Power and Influence Exhibit at Massachusetts Museum

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Reserve Colonel Launches Power and Influence Exhibit at Massachusetts Museum

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As both pioneer and staunch advocate for women's issues in the military, Army Reserve COL Jill Morgenthaler was a compelling choice for the Attleboro, Mass.-based Women at Work Museum to launch its "Power and Influence" exhibit on Oct. 23, 2004.

The exhibit, which ran through March 2005, featured women of power and influence in many walks of life. It spotlights the importance of women voting, with displays on the suffrage movement as well as influential women who've overcome incredible obstacles by intelligence, perseverance, and strength. Photographs, narratives and artifacts illustrate their contributions.

At the exhibit's opening, Morgenthaler told of her recent deployment to Iraq as the Multinational Forces' Public Affairs Officer. There, she said, she was "responsible for telling the military side of our efforts to bring freedom and democracy to the people of Iraq" to the likes of Geraldo, Dan Rather, Christiane Amanpour, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Jennings.

"One of the exciting things I started to do in Iraq and that I am continuing to do today," she added, "is work with the Iraqi Army and NATO to help the Iraqi military women. I think women, who are 50 percent of Iraqi society, are the strength of this fledging nation. Among the Iraqi Army's women there are Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and Christians, ages 22-40, professional women, single mothers, artists, and teachers. I am so impressed with their sincerity and dedication to making Iraq a secure and free republic. I am striving to get these women the training they need to be both military police officers and leaders. …

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