The percentage of female federal hires decreased from 43 percent in 2000 to 37 percent in 2012, according to a September 2014 report from the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Why? MSPB says an increase in male applicants – not discrimination – may be the primary cause of a widening gap in gender representation. For one thing, veteran’s preferential… Read more »
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Read the top articles about women in government for January 2016, compiled by GovFem.
One hundred years ago, the first woman was elected to serve in Congress. On November 9, 1916, Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) was elected to serve as Montana’s Representative-at-Large in the House of Representatives during the 65th Congress. In the subsequent century, 312 more women have been elected or appointed to serve in our country’s legislative body…. Read more »
You can’t avoid networking, but you can make it easier on yourself as a shy or introverted person. Here are five tips to make networking more comfortable for you, which in turn will increase your chances of doing it well and getting the most out of it.
Over the holidays, it’s easy to lose enthusiasm for your career. You’ve probably taken some quality time away from the office and you spent most of December juggling work with holiday and family obligations. As you move into the new year, though, you’ll want to get back on track. So as you set your resolutions… Read more »
Happy Anniversary! About this time last year, I was sitting in a meeting with other GovLoop staffers thinking through ways we could better serve our audience of over 200,000 public servants. We talked about what challenges they face and how we could help them overcome barriers. We talked about what govies wanted from public service and how we could achieve whatever… Read more »
There is a big difference between wanting to break the glass ceiling and knowing exactly how to do it. What kind of hammer should you use? How tall is the ladder you’ll need to climb? When you get there, what’s next? These are questions that many young women ask themselves when they enter public service,… Read more »
I’ll be honest. As the author of a column on women’s rights and issues in government, it’s easy to get a little jaded at times. I slog through news about increasing gender pay gaps, underrepresentation in legislatures and agency leadership, and daily occurrences of workplace discrimination. Then, I catch myself thinking, “Geez, will it ever get… Read more »
In the private sector, you wouldn’t join a new company without first looking at their workplace culture, right? Of course not! You want to be happy, supported, and provided with opportunities to grow, so you do your research before accepting an offer. However, you might think of government – particularly the federal government – as… Read more »
Last week, we talked about impostor syndrome – what it is and how it manifests in successful people. You might have read that article and determined that you do, in fact, have impostor syndrome. Don’t panic. As a reminder, impostor syndrome is a phenomenon where you have difficulty accepting your own success as being a… Read more »