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In support of the DLA Mission, we are DLA’s champion of equality, opportunity, and diversity. We partner with managers, supervisors, and employees to develop solutions that empower the workforce to achieve their full potential and unifies the workforce to achieve the mission.

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“Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote”

In 1971, our country designated August 26 as the day to commemorate the 1920 passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees all American women the constitutionally protected right to vote. The ratification of this amendment paved the way for more women to become engaged in the American political system in capacities ranging from volunteer to congressional representatives in Congress.

The passage of the 19th Amendment was a result of years of a peaceful yet impactful civil rights movement that formally began in July of 1848 at the world’s first Women’s Rights Convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. It was at this convention that an estimated 250 women and men gathered “to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women…” An out-product of that convention was the Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances, a treatise modeled closely after the Declaration of Independence. In addition to the Declaration, Convention attendees also passed 12 resolutions that called for specific equal rights for women.

Each year we set aside time on August 26, to recognize the contributions that women have made towards the advancement of equal opportunity. From Barbara Jordan, Elaine Chao, Lillie Ledbetter, Janet Reno to Admiral Michelle Howard, women have contributed and have made significant strides and accomplishments in all areas of our society. Notwithstanding accomplishments, this can also be used as time set aside to call special attention to efforts needed to advance women closer to full equality in all areas of our society and workplace.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released its Government-wide Strategy on Advancing Pay Equity report, which looked at the pay of Federal employees over the past 20 years. The report shows both progress made and work still yet to do to achieve pay equity. According to OPM, their review of 37 white-collar Federal job categories in 2012 showed that women earned 87 cents for every dollar that a man earned. The salary gap for supervisors and managers was less than five cents on the dollar; and for women in the Senior Executive Service, that gap was less than one penny on the dollar. However, there are areas in which women did not fare as well as their male counterparts.

Within DLA we strive to improve the participation rate of women in senior level positions. As of July 31, 2014, women make up 25.5 percent of the GS-14, 15, and SES positions, with women making up 18.18% of the Agency’s 22 encumbered senior level positions.

Collectively, the Federal government is moving in the right direction with respect to Women in the government. Yet, both the Federal government and DLA have work to do to increase the recruitment, retention, and development of women in its senior level positons. The way we all can honor Women’s Equality Day is by recognizing our past accomplishments, and working towards a better future that grants increased opportunities and equality for all women to come.