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Visionary Women: Journeys of persistence and resiliency recognized during 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit
Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Federal Women’s Program Chair Debra Hobbs addresses attendees during the opening session of the 2019 women’s leadership summit at the Defense Supply Center Columbus March 27. The summit honored contributions of women in central Ohio and highlighted their journeys of persistence and resiliency.
April 4, 2019 - A March 27 women’s leadership summit at DSCC honored contributions of women in central Ohio and highlighted their journeys of persistence and resiliency. The EEO office’s Federal Women’s Program hosted leading women from the fields of business, politics, government and military as part of its recognition of Women’s History Month.

DSCC celebrates Women’s Equality Day
Jen Miller, Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Ohio, gives the keynote address during the Defense Supply Center Columbus' celebration of Women's Equality Day Aug. 22. The outdoor observance hosted by the Federal Women's Program included live music and free food at the installation's Mission Park.
Aug. 27, 2018 - The Defense Federal Community celebrated Women’s Equality Day Aug. 22 with an outdoor observance at the Defense Supply Center Columbus’ Mission Park marked by music, food and fellowship. “Today we celebrate the progress we’ve made to advance the full participation of women in the federal workplace,” said DSCC and Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Commander Navy Rear Adm. John Palmer.

 

 

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Multicultural Day and Family Fun Fest

This event sponsored by the agency takes place each year in the month of August. The purpose of this one day event is to gather DLA Land and Maritime associates and their families to appreciate and celebrate the agency's diversity. As signed by the Commander in 2004, "The Defense Federal Community has the opportunity to offer a day for families to learn about different cultures and share time to relax and have fun together..." The DLA Land and Maritime Federal Women's Program (FWP) is a Special Emphasis Program (SEP) under the direction of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO). The event began in 2000 and the FWP committee strives to create the most dynamic tent that will allow us to share, educate, and raise awareness of women in the workplace.

 
Women's History Month (March)

As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978. We chose the week of March 8 to make International Women's Day the focal point of the observance. The activities that were held met with enthusiastic response, and within a few years dozens of schools planned special programs for Women's History Week, over one-hundred community women participated in the Community Resource Women Project, an annual "Real Woman" Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries, and we were staging a marvelous annual parade and program in downtown Santa Rosa, California. In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the national celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Each year, programs and activities in schools, workplaces, and communities have become more extensive as information and program ideas have been developed and shared.

 
Administrative Professionals Day (April)

Administrative Professionals Day recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and other office professionals for their growing and diverse contributions to the workplace. About 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants are in the U.S. workforce, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Approximately one percent of administrative professionals are male.

 
Women's Suffrage Victory - Nineteenth Amendment (August 26)

The end of the long battle: the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in August, 1920, granted women the right to vote in all United States elections.

About FWP

What is the Federal Women's Program? In October 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Executive Order 11375 which added sex to other prohibited forms of discrimination in the federal government. As a result of this order the Federal Women's Program (FWP) was established. Currently within the federal government all departments and independent agencies must designate FWP Managers. Other agencies and field organizations are not required but are encouraged to designate employees to carry out FWP responsibilities.

FWP Mission Statement

To support the achievement of the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) mission by providing leadership, advice and assistance to management officials in developing and implementing women's activities such as enhancing upward mobility, monitoring career counseling, as well as being an advocate for the employee; and to positively impact the employment, professional development, and advancement of women within DLA.

Core Values

To meet the goals of DLA while maintaining a diverse workforce that accurately reflects our society. To promote fair and equitable treatment to all individuals.

 

Objectives
  • To promote the recruitment and hiring of qualified women and preparing women for placement in jobs which offer advancement in line with their abilities and ambitions.
  • To provide counseling to women on job opportunities and career development.
  • To encourage the restructure of jobs to enable women to compete on an equal basis with men.
  • To communicate amongst government agencies, private sector organizations between women interest groups, the FWP and management.
  • To develop and use statistical data in accessing trends and to evaluate the progress of women.
  • To promote, train, and provide continuing education for all employees especially women.
History

In October 1967, Executive Order 11375 added sex to other prohibited forms of discrimination in the Federal Government.

In August 1969, Executive Order 11478 integrated the FWP into the overall Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program and placed the FWP under the Directors of Equal Employment Opportunity. Federal Personnel Manual 713 was issued to carry out Executive Order 11478 , and Federal Personnel Manual 713.9, dated May 29, 1970, directed Directors of EEO to have on staff a Manager for the Federal Women's Program.

In March 1972, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to apply equal opportunity protection in employment to the Federal government. The designation of a Federal Women's Program Manager was codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1614.102) as appropriate for carrying out equal employment opportunity functions in all organizational units of an agency, and at all agency installations.

Five Facts on Women Workers
  1. Women account for 46% of the national labor workforce.
  2. Women maintained 22% of the 34.8 million families w/children under 18 in 1998.
  3. As of April 2001, women represented 46% of the DLA Federal workforce. However, 56% of women were at GS 12 level or below compared to 5% of the men.
  4. Women continue to earn less than men. In other words, women earn only 76% of what men earn.
  5. Six out of every ten women age 16 and over were labor for participants in 1999.
Right To Vote is not Permanent

 

Information on Right to Vote Amendment

 

Voting is an American principle and a basic democratic right that should be protected, promoted, and practiced, which is why many people are surprised to learn that the U.S. Constitution provides no explicit right to vote. This leaves voting rights vulnerable to the whims of politicians, and some citizens with fewer rights than others.

 

More than a decade ago, FairVote became the leading institutional voice calling for the establishment of an explicit individual right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. We believe that a grassroots movement to establish such an amendment would go a long way in ending the "voting wars" that plague us today. FairVote continues to serve as a trusted resource in support of activists, organizations, and elected officials working toward a right to vote amendment. Through our Promote Our Vote project, we work to build widespread support for a right to vote amendment, while advocating for pro-suffrage innovations at the local level.

 
Why We Need a Right to Vote Amendment

 

Even as the rising American electorate gains momentum, new regressive laws, rulings, and maneuvers are threatening voting rights without facing the strict scrutiny that would come with an affirmative right to vote in the Constitution.

 

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), stripping the Justice Department of the powers it had for five decades to curb racial discrimination in voting. The Election Assistance Commission was left without commissioners for years and frequently faces bills in Congress that would end its existence entirely. Many schools skip civics education, contributing to the decline in voter turnout in local and primary elections.

 

Enshrining an explicit right to vote in the Constitution would guarantee the voting rights of every citizen of voting age, ensure that every vote is counted correctly, and defend against attempts to effectively disenfranchise eligible voters. It would empower Congress to enact minimum electoral standards to guarantee a higher degree of legitimacy, inclusivity, and consistency across the nation, and give our courts the authority to keep politicians in check when they try to game the vote for partisan reasons.

 

The Constitution has been amended 27 times. Excluding the Bill of Rights, 7 of the last 17 constitutional amendments have dealt directly with expanding the franchise and improving the way citizens vote.

 

Contrary to popular belief, there is not an affirmative right to vote in the U.S. Constitution

 

While the U.S. Constitution bans the restriction of voting based on race, sex and age, it does not explicitly and affirmatively state that all U.S. citizens have a right to vote. The Supreme Court ruled in Bush v. Gore in 2000 that citizens do not have the right to vote for electors for president. States control voting policies and procedures, and as a result, we have a patchwork of inconsistent voting rules run independently by 50 states, 3,067 counties and over 13,000 voting districts, all separate and unequal.

 

Millions of Americans are permanently barred from voting

 

Approximately 5 million Americans convicted of felonies who have already completed their sentences are permanently disenfranchised. Fourteen states do not have an automatic restoration process in place for returning citizens who have completed their sentences. Some states like Florida leave re-enfranchisement decisions to the discretion of public officials, discretion which could be exercised arbitrarily or used for political gain.

 

However, it is not only ex-felons who face difficulty registering to vote. Americans living overseas have trouble registering in their home district, because their state may not consider them residents anymore. Many college students attempting to register at their college precinct have faced voter intimidation or were simply refused the ability to register to vote. Such obstacles are not only arbitrary, but in many cases politically motivated.

 

The Right to Vote Amendment will guarantee all American citizens at least 18 years of age a constitutionally protected individual right to vote. Much like the rights to speech and religion, a constitutionally protected right to vote will be difficult to limit without showing a strong need for the limitation to exist.

 

State authority over voting creates unnecessary voting difficulties

 

Voting should be a simple process in which any registered citizen can easily participate. However, this is not always the case. Voter identification and registration requirements, as well as the machines that voters use, vary widely between states. States and counties design their own ballots, pursue their own voter education, and have near-complete authority over their state voting policies and procedures. With over 10,000 different jurisdictions, voters and potential voters are much more likely to cast a counted vote in some states, some counties, and some areas of the country than others, simply based on the difference in standards for each election. Elections in many states are rife with lost and incorrectly counted votes, and many voters are incorrectly told that they cannot cast a ballot.

 

Since voting is regulated by the states, there is little the national government can do if voters are intimidated or harassed at the polling booth. With the Supreme Court's 2013 decision to strike down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and Congress's unwillingness to act to restore key components of the Act, a Right to Vote Amendment is needed to further enforce voting rights.

 
 

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