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Federal Women's Emphasis Program

Federal Women's Emphasis Program

Erin Mathews

Arizona NRCS Federal Women's Emphasis Program Manager:

Erin Mathews (623) 535-5055 ext. 122

The Federal Women’s Program (FWP) is a special emphasis program established in 1963 to enhance employment and advancement of women. Executive Order 11478, signed in 1969, brought the FWP into the overall Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program and placed it under the stewardship of the Director of EEO.


The program seeks to:

  • Ensure that Federal agencies institute, plan, and take affirmative steps to provide equal opportunity to women applicants and employees in all areas of employment (recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, and awards)

  • Provide a means for women to communicate their concerns to management.

  • To ensure that agency meets the requirements of the EEO laws, Executive Orders, and EEOC guidelines.

  • To advise management of their FWP responsibilities, the status and progress of the program, and the concerns of women in their organization.

March is Women's History Month

2012 Women's History Poster

2012 Women's History Month Announcement

Links and Resources

Women's History Month Poster 2012