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.
The 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.
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
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
Julie Phelps, Caldwell Field Office, Federal Women's Program Manager, (208) 454-8684, ext. 127
Welcome to the Federal Women's Program webpage. In 2011, the theme for Women's History Month is "Our History is Our Strength" Our shared history unites families, communities, and nations. Although women's history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors - social, religious, economic, and biological - have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history. The stories of women's achievements are integral to the fabric of our history. Learning about women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength. Until relatively recently, this sphere of women's history was overlooked and undervalued. Women's achievements were often distorted, disdained and denied. But, knowing women's stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century.
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