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Federal Women's Program

Iowa Program Manager: Emily Ludwig, Soil Conservationist, Thompson, 641-584-2211, x300

The Federal Women's Program (FWP) 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 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.

The program is designed to:

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

Iowa Committee Members

Iowa FWP Brochure


Iowa NRCS Federal Women's Program Brochure (PDF)

Board Diversity

Facts on Women Workers:

  • In 1970, women accounted for 38% of the national civilian workforce. 
  • In 2012, women accounted for 47% of the national civilian workforce.
  • In 2014, women who worked full-time earned 78 cents for every dollar a man earned (national civilian workforce).
  • In 2014, women accounted for 43.3 % of the Federal workforce.
  • In 2014, women accounted for 35.4% of the NRCS workforce.
  • In 2014, women accounted for 35.5 % of the Iowa NRCS workforce.

Professional Organizations

Sexual Harassment Information

Fun Activities

Resource Links

National Awareness Observances

  • March Women's History Month
  • Fourth Thursday in April "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" Day
  • August 26 - Women's Equality Day
  • September 15 - October 15 National Hispanic Heritage Month

Women's History Month