With the new administration well under way to making reforms and budgeting for the future, it can be overwhelming to track who is being most impacted by what. What's changing for the better? Who is worse off than they were before? For women especially, those questions are complex because there are so many different issues that can impact a woman's success in the government workforce. However, there are a few articles from May that directly target the traditional "women's issues" in government. Don't miss out on them:
Trump Budgets Paid Parental Leave Plan Could Mean Higher State Taxes In May, the biggest news for women in government was the proposed addition of six weeks of paid parental leave for new parents. If it happens, the benefit will be a great advancement for female public servants (and their partners). However, there is some debate about if the proposed budget can really provide this benefit and, if it can, what it will cost other programs. This NPR recap is a great summary of the proposal and its potential impact.
Agencies Largely Maintain Small Business-Business Contracting BUT Women-Owned business contracting goals fell short of targets. The Small Business Administration released its annual scorecard in May. It found that $9 billion more was spent in 2015, compared to 2016, on small business contracts. However, only 4.79 percent of contract were awarded to women-owned small businesses - less than the 5 percent target.
For Army Infantry's 1st Women, Heavy Packs and the Weight of History A couple years ago, the Army's Ranger School graduated its first female infantry soldiers. However, there was some criticism over the fact that those women were held to different physical standards than male comrades. But now a group of women have graduated from US Army infantry training as part of mixed-gender squads, held to the same standards as their male colleagues. This article offers a great glimpse into their lives and accomplishments.
Public Trust in Government Remains Near Historic Lows With so much happening in the government space, it's hard to keep a mathematical perspective of whether women are winning or losing. However, sentiment seems more clear on the subject. As a recent Pew Research study reports, "Men are almost twice as likely as women to have a lot of confidence in the future of the U.S. today (53% vs. 29%)."
In case you missed them, check out this month’s other GovFem posts:
- 5 Ways to Better Manage New Mothers at Work
- 10 Female Firsts in Government
- The Importance of Paid Parental Leave
Every month, GovFem compiles a list of the top articles about women in government from around the web. If you have an article you think should be included in next month’s reading list, email [email protected] with your suggestions.