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Federal Women's Program (FWP)

Observance Month:  March

Mission:  Promote a thorough understanding of the women's special emphasis program as a means of achieving equal opportunity and diversity within the workplace.

Federal Women's Program LogoThe Federal Women's Program (FWP) is a special emphasis program that was established in 1963 to enhance employment and remove employment barriers for women.  Executive Order 11478, signed in 1969, brought the FWP into overall Equal Employment (EEO) Program and placed it under the stewardship of the Director of EEO.

To ensure that agencies meet the requirements of the EEO laws, Executive Orders, and EEOC guidelines, the Federal Women's Program Manager (FWPM) position was established to advise management and to analyze policies, practices and procedures which may present barriers to the hiring and advancement of women employees.

Program Objectives of the Federal Women's Program:

  • Increase the total number of women employed in professional, administrative, and technical occupations.
  • Eliminate concentrations of women in single-interval occupational series, to diversify and create advancement opportunities throughout all occupational levels and disciplines
  • Encourage the participation of women in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.

Roles of the Idaho Federal Women's Program Manager:

  • Serve as a liaison between regional and national program managers and State Management Team on FWP objectives and activities at national and state levels.
  • Provide information to Idaho NRCS employees on FWP activities and responsibilities.
  • Develop recruitment, retention and advancement strategies for women in the NRCS workplace.

Idaho NRCS FWP Monthly Newsletters

Woman’s History Month 2011 - Winning Posters

The Idaho Poster Contest for Women’s History Month (March 2011) was held in conjunction with the national contest. Posters submitted for the Idaho contest were to demonstrate this year's theme "Our History is Our Strength".  This year's winner is Amanda Pangburn, St. Anthony Field Office.  Clink on the link below to see Amanda's winning poster!!!


Idaho 2011 Winning Poster - Amanda Pangburn ( PDF; 635 KB)

The National NRCS winning poster for Women's History Month 2011 was submitted by
Amanda Pangburn.  Amanda is a Soil Conservationist in the St. Anthony Field Office, St. Anthony, Idaho.

National NRCS 2011 Women's History Month Poster (PDF; 635 KB)

Idaho FWP History

Information for Families

Related Links

Federal Women's Program Brochure

Logo for Women's Health and Rights

Professional Organizations

National Awareness Observances

  • March - Women's History Month
  • 4th Thursday in April - "Take Our Daughters to Work Day"
  • August 26th - Women's Equality Day

Sexual Harassment Information

Idaho Program Contact

Heather FelosFederal Women's Program Manager,  (208) 378-5703