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Federal Women's Program

The Federal Women’s Program 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 agencies meet 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.

National Awareness Observances

August 26th – Women’s Equality Day
March – Women’s History Month
March – Women’s History Month: Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. The stories of women's historic achievements present an expanded view of the complexity and contradiction of living a full and purposeful life.

The knowledge of women's history provides a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. This perspective can encourage girls and women to think larger and bolder and can give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.
To honor the originality, beauty, imagination, and multiple dimensions of women’s lives, "Women’s Art: Women’s Vision" has been chosen as the 2008 theme for National Women’s History Month. See to read more about the National Women's History Project and see the honorees.

Sexual Harassment Information

Sexual Harassment – What Is It? (doc)

Resource Links

Women in the Soil Conservation Service
National Women’s History Project
U.S. Department of Labor – Women’s Issues
Federally Employed Women
National Federal Women’s Program Homepage
Pennsylvania Women’s Agriculture Network
Earth Care Connection
Association of Women Soil Scientists


Contact Information

Susan Parry
Special Emphasis Program Manager
(717) 237-2253