Memorial Day – Remember and Honor

Remember and Honor

Dignity, Respect, Honor

Each Memorial holiday, we take time to remember those who have served our nation and sacrificed it all for the love of country. Join me as FEW honors those who served us with dignity, respect and honor. Heroism is defined as great bravery. These men and women have shown by example that our vision to soar to even greater heights can only be achieved by the sacrifice of others to propel us forward into the future. As a nation, we remain focused on the health and safety of every American due to COVID-19. FEW remains resolute that we are more than conquerors because of the lives of those who served in our military and made the greatest sacrifice. Their courage is in our dignity, respect and honor.

On Monday at 3:00 p.m. eastern standard time, please take a moment of silence to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice!

Recognizing Public Servants

2020 Public Service Week

Celebrated annually during the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week honors all of the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.  It is time again to say ‘Thank You’.  We serve our nation in the areas of national and local security and safety, veteran care, medical advancement, technology and much more.  We keep the wheels turning in hundreds of agencies, providing important services to the American people. Particularly in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, as government employees, we risk much more so that we continue to provide Americans with important services that are greatly needed.

Federally Employed Women celebrates the public servants who choose to make a personal impact for the benefit of others. The dedication shown in the day-to-day work and representation may be easy to overlook, but it has an impact on the lives of all citizens. Members of FEW, thank you for choosing to be a part of this mighty organization and for your public service. There is value in what you bring to the table every day and it is recognized for its enormity.   Job well done.  Thank you!

Announcing Virtual Leadership Summit

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Greetings FEW Members and Friends of FEW,

It is in times of darkness when we show ourselves as adaptable and strong.  The National Board of Directors (NBOD) and I are pleased to announce the first Virtual Leadership Summit for government employees scheduled for July 20 – 24, 2020.  This training is just for you; no per diem, no travel, just TRAINING at a low registration rate!

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, FEW remains resolved that your safety is our priority and the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation was to cancel an on-site event. As the world continues to change, we will continue to adapt.  FEW will always rise to the challenge and continue to help federal workers achieve excellence in their careers and create new opportunities.

That is why we adjusted our plans to host a Virtual Leadership Summit.  This is an example of leadership at its best – a full week of training with specialized tracks for EEO, HR, Project Management, Management and Leadership professionals. This training is about you and our purpose is to connect you to the right resources for development and career advancement.  The Summit consists of over 24 specialized courses a day to motivate you to take that next bold step. All courses align with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Competencies (Leading People, Leading Change, Business Acumen, Result Driven and Building Coalitions).

We will be continually updating information regarding course selections, and special events, just to name a few, so keep checking in for updates.

So, make sure you join us and take advantage of all that we have to offer! I promise it will be your best personal and professional investment of the year!

FEW Membership Month

Join Now

This is a very special month for Federally Employed Women.  It’s our 52nd year anniversary and FEW is still advancing our mission beyond the old-time standard barriers for women.  We are fabulously energized women who have advanced our national standing through our diverse and significant contributions in all aspects of work and life. Each year in April, we celebrate our valuable economic, political, cultural, and social achievements because of the pioneers and unsung heroes within the FEW organization and we invite you to encourages others to join us.

FEW has a long history of setting a tone for the advancement of women and creating a climate of equity, diversity and inclusion in the federal government. That is why I am so excited to share with you our 2019 Annual Report.   Please take the time to read the FEW’s major achievements throughout the years; then most important, be a part of the future as we soar to new heights.

April is membership month for FEW and we recognize that the unique circumstances around COVID-19 are having rippling effects on employee organization and our communities at large. Now more than ever, we want to offer support, encouragement, and ways to come together. That’s why it is important to share the many benefits to being a member of FEW.   FEW is a national organization that has an extensive network of 85+ local chapters found in most major U.S. cities. In addition, the National FEW offers:

 

  • Expansion of social and personal networks through our 85+ chapters.
  • Visibility and dialogue with private and corporate sponsors.
  • Access to hundreds of opportunities throughout the network throughout the United States.
  • A national newsletter providing news of FEW members and events.
  • Scholarships and special programs for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Life-time membership for one low rate
  • Information shared via our social media network and partners

 

We want you to feel limitless in what you can accomplish with FEW and we’ll continue to explore ways to make sure our membership is best serving you.  This month, I ask that we all do our part to share the many benefits to being a member with other.   We’ve got some exciting things on the horizon, like adding virtual training.  Our hope is that all of these new features and benefits will work together to provide the most comprehensive experience to keep you advancing forward and “Soaring to New Heights!”

 

Our Nation Has Been Changed By COVID-19

Our nation has changed because of COVID-19 (a.k.a. Coronavirus) and Federally Employed Women (FEW) stand in solidarity.  STAY HOME.

USA map of coronavirus as of March 23, 2020

Source: Johns Hopkins University. Last updated 23 Mar 8:48am EST

As our nation shuts down and takes the ultimate precautionary measures to tackle COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we must stand strong and stand together.  Our day-to-day lives have changed but united we will survive victoriously.  There is a future for Federally Employed Women (FEW) and our nation.  Our priority must be the well-being of each other.  I ask that we all do our part to take aggressive and significant action to respond to the public health and economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is a dangerous time and FEW is very concerned about the health and wellness of our members, supporters, partners and friends.  As the coronavirus spreads and drastically affects our lives and daily routines, FEW will continue to adhere to the guidance of local and national health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization.  While we are all concerned, we are also optimistic. I want you to know that as of today, the 51st National Training Program (NTP) slated for July 20-24, 2020, in Orlando, Florida, will proceed as planned.  We believe our country will get through this time and we are on board to take every safety precaution as we move forward.  Stay tuned as we provide you with up-to-date status on the activities of FEW programming via all media platforms and our website.

As we do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to work for the advancement of women and help make the dream of the hundreds of NTP attendees possible through professional training and development.  The only way we can continue is for everyone to be responsible by practicing healthy habits; adhering to travel restrictions; and implementing social distancing.

Here are some additional tips as we fight COVID-19 together:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – CORONAVIRUS

  • If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
  • Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
  • This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the sun.
  • If someone with it sneezes, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
  • If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
  • On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
  • Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
  • Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, touch your face unwittingly and so on.
  • You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
  • Can’t emphasis enough – drink plenty of water!

THE SYMPTOMS

  • It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3-4 days
  • The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5-6 days further.
  • With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
  • The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.
  • Some suffer from high fever, others do not.  If you are concerned seek medical attention immediately.

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Look out for each other

 

The only way we can continue “Soaring to New Heights” is together.   FEW will do its part in providing a secure and safe environment, now we challenge you to do the same.

Safety is a priority!

Stop the spread of Coronavirus

Dear FEW Members,

This is a serious time of concern for our nation.  FEW has a responsibility to ensure our preparedness for an infectious disease outbreak in light of the coronavirus.  It is important to FEW that all members and citizens are aware and prepared to avoid panic even as we know that much remains unknown with the Coronavirus epidemic.

FEW’s Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan

As we learn more each day about the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) FEW believes, out of an abundance of caution, that we should have an outbreak response plan in place.

To be clear, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that “the severity of illness or how many people will fall ill from COVID-19 is unknown at this time.”  That said, they do encourage we all play a part to implement strategies to avoid and protect each other from an infectious disease outbreak.  FEW will follow the guidance of CDC and Office of Personnel Management (OPM), along with our commitment to community and member safety, is why we feel it is important to ensure that a plan is in place in response to any impact of an infectious disease outbreak.

Members’ Safety

First and foremost is the safety of our members.  Therefore, if members feel they are at risk, they should make sure they make their and their families’ safety their first priority.

Should we learn from guidance of local officials that an infectious disease outbreak has impacted our area, you will receive an email providing you any and all information that we may be aware of and what, if any, action the organization will be taking to ensure member safety.

Prevent Illness

Please be safe.  Members who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are encouraged to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4 or greater) for at least 24 hours.

  1. Exercise cough and sneeze etiquette. The CDC suggests:
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Put used tissues in a waste basket.
  4. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hand.
  5. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  6. Practice Hand Hygiene.  See the CDC Clean Hands Webpage for further details.
  7. Perform routine environmental cleaning.
  8. Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace.  Wipe down your desks, keyboards and telephones regularly.
  9. Wipe down kitchen counters after use.

Remember it is up to all of us to make safety a priority.  Don’t panic but, play your part in ending this infectious disease outbreak.

FEW celebrates valiant women for Women’s History Month!

FEW celebrates valiant women for Women’s History Month!


“Vow to be valiant. Resolve to be radiant. Determine to be dynamic. Strive to be sincere. Aspire to be attuned. “

William Arthur Ward


The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” As the National Women’s History Alliance website explained, “The theme honors the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”  Their work gave us the following:

Amendment XIX

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Federally Employed Women honors these remarkable citizens who propelled the rights of women forward granting the right to vote in U.S. elections.  I, along with a grateful nation, now realize the importance of the women’s suffrage movement and that although there were decades of difficult times of trials and unrest, their protest helped all of us stride that much closer towards equality and inclusion for all.  As we honor the ongoing work of women to gain equal citizenship this month, it is time to integrate women’s stories more fully into our national narratives and civic memories. It is time that we emphasize these stories of the past as examples to help every little girl know that anything is possible and they can set up their own narratives for an inclusive future.

FEW wants to remind each woman to “Vow to be valiant. Resolve to be radiant. Determine to be dynamic. Strive to be sincere. Aspire to be attuned.”   We know that Women’s History Month is more than a celebration of our triumph or recognizing the first woman to achieve something; but it is about the prevailing idea that women are creating history every day and deserve a fair and equal playing field.  FEW will carry the torch as it is our responsibility to live a life that brings us all closer to equality by utilizing our strengths to make our nation even stronger.  Generations of girls are depending on us to burn our torch bright and carry the load to ensure we are “Soaring to New Heights.”

History is the one thing that will stand the test of time.

Black Hist 2020

Black History is more than 28 days of remembering the people and events of the African Americans diaspora.  It is the acknowledgment of how valuable cultural diversity and inclusiveness of African Americans contributions are to this nation. In 2020, FEW will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment which provided women the right to vote and the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which granted the rights of black men to vote after the Civil War.  Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. FEW is honored to recognize the 2020 Black History Month theme of “African American and the Vote.”  Far too often African Americans were underrepresented and disenfranchised from voting; thus, they had no vote and no voice in states and principalities in which they lived.

At the turn of the nineteenth century, even before the Civil War, black men petitioned their legislatures and the US Congress, seeking to be recognized as voters. Tensions between abolitionists and women’s suffragists first surfaced in the aftermath of the Civil War, while black disfranchisement laws in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries undermined the guarantees in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments for the great majority of southern blacks until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The important contribution of black suffragists occurred not only within the larger women’s movement, but within the larger black voting rights movement. Through voting-rights campaigns and legal suits from the turn of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s, African Americans made their voices heard as to the importance of the vote.  Indeed, the fight for black voting rights continues in the courts today and while we remember the passage of these amendments, we also know we have so much more work to do before there is complete equity.

Join FEW as we acknowledge, “African Americans and the Vote” this Black History Month.

Source: https://asalh.org/black-history-themes/

FEW National President, Karen Rainey

38th State Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Equal finally means equal with the upcoming ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Today, I couldn’t be prouder to be an American and a member of Federally Employed Women (FEW). Yesterday, in historic fashion, the Virginia House and Senate BOTH passed resolutions to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment! Virginia will be the 38th state to vote to ratify the ERA. This has been elected by the membership as a priority on the FEW Legislative Agenda and advocated by the organization since its inception. This means that finally we will have the two-thirds majority of states needed to add the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.

In 2020, or what I call the year of perfect vision, it is crucial we stay focused; this victory proves with persistence and unity, we can achieve anything. A pivotal moment like this will surely help us elevate our country and the many women across the nation. We, as an organization, work for historic moments that allow us to add justice, diversity and inclusion into our workforce. Today, we know this achievement will set the tone for future generations and ensure women have a fair and equal stance in the workplace, the federal government, and society. Now, Equal truly means Equal!

Again, none of this would be possible without your support—thank you for all you do.