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Federal Women's Program

The Federal Women's Program (FWP) was established to implement a recommendation of the President's Committee on the Status of Women and was later integrated into the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program after the issuance of Executive Order 11478.

The purpose of the program is to provide focus on issues such as employment, retention, promotion, training, career development, and advancement opportunities affecting female employees and applicants in NRCS.

Policy Objectives

The Federal Women's Program is an integral part of the overall EEO program and is designed to:

  • Ensure that women receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment.
  • Increase the number of women employed in all professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and other categories, series, and grade levels.
  • Provide opportunities to participate in training, career development, and leadership programs.
  • Encourage the participation of women in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
  • Provide a network of professional support for women.
  • Provide mentoring support to women in the workforce.
  • Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of women's workplace issues and concerns.

Items of Interest

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Women in the Soil Conservation Service
National Women's History Project
Three Firsts for Kansas (PDF; 78 KB)
Kansas Fact Sheet - Federal Women's Program

Women's History Month

The month of March celebrates Women’s History. This year’s theme is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment. Stephanie Carmack, Management Assistant from Carlisle, PA is the author of the 2012 Winning Poster entry. Some information about her design:

“When I put the symbols on it, I was thinking that NRCS women are carrying out the mission of “helping people help the land” by conserving natural resources and educating and empowering the community to make changes by recycling, conserving, growing, and being more aware of waste and how to improve that on farmlands. I guess in my mind education is the first step to a greener way of living, and women of NRCS are providing empowerment through education for others to teach and empower. The symbols are methods of conservation.”

2012 Women's History Month Poster (PDF; 928 KB)

Suggestions and Comments: Contact Jill Pfannenstiel, Federal Women's Program Manager by email:, or by phone (785) 625-2588 ext. 100.