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Federal Women’s Program

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.

2018 Women's History Month Poster


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
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (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 and Observances

National Breast Feeding Month


August is National Breastfeeding Month

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.

Women's History Month 2018 Presidential Proclamation

US Census 2018 Facts for Features

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Contact Information

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