Patt Franc replied to the topic Being a Woman in Government – A Blessing or a Curse? in the forum Human Resources 9 years, 3 months ago
Tough question to answer simply. While advances have been made and women in government have much more opportunity today than they even 20 years ago, some of the problems and barriers still exist. I thought we’d addressed Sexual Harassment only to hear horror stories from women in fed service about the things that go on every day in their offices. The Federal Women’s Program was instituted to look at barriers to the advancement of women, and many many agencies don’t even have programs any longer although the requirement still exists. The number of departments/agencies who fail to report on MD-715 is astounding. So the curse is often not individual, but systemic.
On a more positive note, I think a lot of the blessing side comes from personal empowerment and education, and in getting involved in professional associations that help strengthen the position of women in federal service and works to help women expand their phenomenal ability to network. Women need to use their strengths and Federally Employed Women is a great place to start! http://www.few.org
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