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Federal Women's Program

Iowa Program Manager: Nichole Williams, (641) 735-8677, x109

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.

Iowa Committee Members

Iowa FWP Brochure

Iowa FWP Charter


Iowa NRCS Federal Women's Program Brochure (PDF)

Board Diversity

Four Facts on Women Workers:

  • Women account for 46% of the total national labor workforce in 1995.
  • Within 1995, women represented 42.9% of the federal workforce  (excluding postal services).
  • The ratio of women's median weekly earnings to men's in 1995 was 75.5%.
  • Employment and earning rates rise with educational attainment for both men and women but earnings are on an average 27.6% lower for women with various levels of college courses than for males with the same education.

Professional Organizations

Sexual Harassment Information

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National Awareness Observances

  • Monday nearest January 15th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance
  • February Black History Month
  • March Women's History Month
  • Fourth Thursday in April "Take Our Daughters to Work" Day
  • May National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • August 26 - Women's Equality Day
  • September 15 - October 15 National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • November National American Indian Heritage Month March - Women's History Month

Women's History Month