Women in the Federal Workplace - EEOC Women's Work Group Reports
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a comprehensive report on the status of women in the federal workforce.
"While women have made enormous strides in federal employment, there are still significant obstacles which hinder their advancement," said Carlton M. Hadden, director of EEOC's Office of Federal Operations, in a press release announcing the release of the report.
The report was produced by an internal EEOC workgroup, the EEOC Women’s Work Group. The group solicited input from stakeholder organizations such as Federally Employed Women (FEW), Blacks in Government (BIG), African-American Federal Executives Association (AAFEA), and other dialogue partners, including the Equal Justice Society, the Equal Rights Center, and Federal EEO Directors and Federal Special Emphasis Program Managers, and others.
The EEOC Women’s Work Group Report identifies six obstacles facing women employed by the federal government.
- Inflexible workplace policies create challenges for women with caregiver obligations in the federal workforce.
- Higher-level and management positions remain harder to obtain for women.
- Women are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in the federal workforce.
- Women and men do not earn the same average salary in the federal government.
- Unconscious gender biases and stereotypical perceptions about women still play an important role in employment decisions in the federal sector.
- There is a perception that federal agencies lack commitment to achieving equal opportunities for women in the federal workplace.
The report provides background and context information for each of the identified obstacle areas, as well as recommendations developed by the EEOC and the work group’s dialogue partners.
To access the EEOC Women’s Work Group Report, click here.
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