Providing Healing, Promoting Hope – It’s Our History!

There has never been a more befitting time than now to unite around the 2022 theme for Women’s History Month, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”  We are hopeful as we do our part to spread knowledge and healing.   For over half a century, FEW has been on the frontlines to help and provide hope for the millions of people serving in the federal sector.  Now we are even more enthusiastic and determined to work for the advancement of women.  As we go forth and recognize the many achievements of some amazing women this month, I can promise you that in our pursuit for a more equitable, diversified, and inclusive working environment for women in the government, there is hope.  

FEW is honored to have so many amazing women among the ranks.  At FEW, we celebrate women’s empowerment as active contributors to the federal government and recognize the achievements women have made throughout American history in strengthening the foundation of our American democratic republic.  As members of the civilian or military workforce, the very nature of our job is to provide healing and hope to the American people.  We understand the impact of coming together to protect and service our nation and ensure our sustainability is its strength.  In FEW, our vision is to “Soar to New Heights,” and develop new and emerging women leaders and expand the concept of women’s empowerment to address the need for gender equality in careers.  Again, there is hope.

And, to all of us fabulous women as FEW celebrate Women’s History Month, let us remember the words of the great poet Maya Angelou:

I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   

I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   

I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.

I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.  
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.

I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Happy National Women’s Month!