The Federal Women’s Program (FWP) is a special emphasis management program
within the Equal Opportunity Program of the federal government. The FWP was
established in 1967 to enhance employment and advancement of women. The program
provides a forum for all Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees
in Illinois. Although the program focuses on women, the information disseminated
and items discussed pertain to employment issues that interest and help all
employees regardless of gender.
Why is it Needed?
Advancement barriers still exist for women; managers and other employees
are often not aware of these barriers.
Women are underrepresented at higher grade levels.
What are the Goals?
To improve employment and advancement opportunities for women in NRCS.
To increase respect for the abilities and accomplishments of women
To address current issues of importance to women and men in today’s
To promote employee’s advancement potential by providing information on
career planning, upward mobility, special training, continuing education
opportunities, and balancing work and family.
What Are The Objectives?
Eliminate barriers, customs, and attitudes that hinder women from moving
into certain occupations and high level positions.
Improve self-confidence in women employees through education and training
so they will become more competitive.
Create awareness for the need for greater sensitivity to co-workers’
Identify problems and solutions in recruiting, advancing, and retaining
women in NRCS.
Eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.
What Can You Do?
Educate yourself about women’s issues and communicate your knowledge to
Recognize barriers and offer solutions.
Identify obvious or potential concerns and bring them to the attention of
the appropriate supervisor or the Federal Women’s Program Manager.
Ellen Starr Illinois Federal Women's Program Manager
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation
312 East Backbone Road, Suite A, Princeton, Illinois 61356
Phone: (815) 875.8732 ext. 117
Fax: (815) 872.1365
Sharyn Alvarez National Federal Women’s Program Manager
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mail Stop 5472
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: (301) 504-2338
Fax: (301) 504-2175