Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

wed2016As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26th, we must recognized that we have just broken through the glass ceiling as the first women from any major political party has accepted the nomination to potentially become the next President of the United States of America.

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in 1920. This occasion is an opportunity to celebrate the victories for equality that women have won and to rededicate our commitment to eliminate discrimination against women.

I am inspired by the strides that we have made over the past ninety-six years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, but this day also calls for us to continue our awareness of the efforts toward full equality. While some progress has been made to ensure equal opportunities regarding the pay gap in the federal workforce, regardless of gender, there is more work to do.

January of 2016 marked the 7-year anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extends the time period in which an individual can bring a pay discrimination claim. According to the 2016 White House Council of Economic Advisors Issue Brief on the Gender Pay Gap, many workers are unaware whether they face wage discrimination because they do not know what their colleagues are earning. In an effort to improve pay transparency and help ensure fair pay, President Obama called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would ensure workers’ rights to discuss compensation without fear of retaliation.

For 48 years Federally Employed Women (FEW) has been “Investing in our Future” by being the voice of women in the federal service; serving as an advocate for the Federal Women’s Program (FWP) for both military and civilian employees in the federal government. FEW wants to ensure that all federal agencies comply with the FWP, an important program that supports women in the federal workforce that is currently being under-utilized. Because I believe this organization has made a real difference in the advancement of women and our members are strong leaders who are passionate about this cause, I know that we have to be bold, take risk, be brave and take action. We know that we still have work ahead of us so that those daughters of the daughters and generations of women to come will continue to have equality.

 

“Investing in Our Future”

Wanda V. Killingsworth
National President, FEW

FEW ~ “Working for the Advancement of Women in Government”