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Events & Activities
View all events and activities on the official DLA Land and Maritime calendar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Women account for 46% of the national labor workforce.
- Women maintained 22% of the 34.8 million families w/children under 18 in 1998.
- 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.
- Women continue to earn less than men. In other words, women earn only 76% of what men earn.
- Six out of every ten women age 16 and over were labor for participants in 1999.
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