Every year, during the month of March, specific focus is given to women’s endeavors to have women’s rights acknowledged and increased. This year the National Women’s History Project has provided a theme for Women’s History Month entitled “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”.
We would like to honor all those women who have struggled to fight for our rights, with specific reference to our first National President, Ms. Allie Latimer. Ms. Latimer was the first woman, and the first African American, to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Ms. Latimer has fought tirelessly to bring the government into compliance with the Civil Rights Act, and in doing so she founded, and has been instrumental in developing, Federally Employed Women (FEW), a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 to work as an advocacy group for the improved status of women employed by the Federal government. During her 40+ year career she has continued her efforts to end gender discrimination in public sector jobs.
In 2009 Allie B. Latimer was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. According to the Women’s Hall of Fame, “FEW’s many accomplishments and activities have impacted the federal workplace and contributed to improved working conditions for all.”
Allie continues to be a trailblazer, advocating for the rights of women in the federal government.
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