Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Women's History Month 2019; Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence

Women’s History Month is a time of rejoicing for Federally Employed Women (FEW).   It is a time when the organization, and the entire country, recognize the insurmountable achievements of women.  That’s why the 2019 theme of “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence” is such a befitting acknowledgement of women’s contributions.  In a time when the inclusion of women is so vital and women are treading new ground, FEW recognizes the need for peace and nonviolence for all.

As an organization that works for the equity, diversity and inclusion of visionary women, we honor those who use peace and nonviolence to force a change in society against discriminatory practices.  Now more than ever women have cracked that illusive glass ceiling and developed new norms and voice.  The voice of women has been strengthening over the years and throughout history women’s impact has elevated into greatness.  Especially in the 2018 historic election where more than 130 women are now serving in our nation’s highest executive offices.  But, that’s not the only thing women have broken barriers against; recently women have created the topic of conversation with the ME TOO movement, #TimesUP movement or even the fact that women in Saudi Arabia are now able to drive and attend soccer matches.

The great Maya Angelou said, “A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”  The National Women’s History Project posted in an article that for generations, women have resolved conflicts in their homes, schools, and communities.  They have rejected violence as counterproductive and stressed the need to restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict as the surest way to peace. From legal defense and public education to direct action and civil disobedience, women have expanded the American tradition of using inclusive, democratic and active means to reduce violence, achieve peace, and promote the common good.

From women’s rights and racial justice to disarmament and gun control, the drive for nonviolent change has been championed by visionary women. These women consciously built supportive, nonviolent alternatives and loving communities as well as advocating change. They have given voice to the unrepresented and hope to victims of violence and those who dream of a peaceful world.

Join FEW in celebrating Women’s History Month by demonstrating your visionary leadership.

Soaring to New Heights,

Karen Rainey
National President