Here at GovLoop, we spend a lot of time thinking about the characteristics, needs, and goals of our community. At a recent brainstorming session, we started listing some of these attributes. I noticed that a lot of our ideas—things like breaking into the boy's club, balancing family planning with career planning, or combatting workplace sexism—were issues that specifically affected one half of our demographic: women. So I wondered, if there is a group in the GovLoop community with specific needs, shouldn't we provide them with specific resources?
That's the goal of GovFem, a new blog series to capture the female experience in government.
In weekly posts, GovFem will provide resources and career advice to help women succeed in the public sector. We will also highlight women excelling in all levels of government, and offer lessons from their leading examples. Finally, we will use GovFem to start a discussion in the GovLoop community and beyond about how we can make government a more inclusive work environment for women.
While we get GovFem up and running, check out some of our previous posts for women in government.
- Grading the 113th Congress: Incomplete - An interview with Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative for Federally Employed Women (FEW), about the 113th Congress and FEW’s scorecard results
- Breaking into the Boys' Club - A few tips to get ahead in a male-dominated field
- 10 Tips for Women and Negotiation- A blog post from featured blogger, Sabrina, about negotiating for more in your career
- Is There a Glass Ceiling for Women Veterans? - A blog post by Eva Fulton, on her participation in the Women Veterans Listening Session hosted by OPM
- 5 Inspiring Quotes from Women Leaders- A quick dose of inspiration from fellow women leaders
- Taking a Good Look: Workplace Environment and Women's Empowerment and Getting More Women in City Hall: Leveraging Private-Public Partnerships for Equity- 2 featured blogger posts about the experience of women working for the City of Kansas City, Missouri
- Five Leadership Lessons for Women (and Men) from Mad Men - A surprising post about what women can learn from a fictional office environment
Not enough? We don't think so, either. Stay tuned for more posts dedicated to the female experience in government.
Do you have a specific issue you'd like us to tackle through GovFem? Let us know in the comments section below!