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Celebrating equality, collaborating across boundaries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Women’s Equality Day, August 26 is the official anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which secured women’s right to vote back in 1920. WED also represents women’s continuing efforts towards full equality. Why does this matter today? Forest Service is making a purposeful shift to change our culture, creating a safe, respectful and resilient workplace for each and every one of us, a workplace that supports and values people from backgrounds of all kinds. We all have a critical role to play in both heightening awareness about the value of equality and resolving inequities in the workplace.

On August 22, 2018, the National Federal Women’s Special Emphasis Program, Rocky Mountain Research Station, and Rocky Mountain Civil Rights Service Center, collaborated to host a training program to celebrate WED. The topic was “Gender Works” presented by Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, Founder of AKO Collective and Director of Talent Management at Colorado State University. Participants explored the invisible dynamics of gender, unintentional acts that hurt people of all genders, e.g., microagressions and what women, men and those who do not identify with the gender binary can do to create a gender-inclusive work environment. Over 70 employees participated in the training program. Click the following link to access the recorded training, as well as materials and handouts.

On August 24, 2018, the Northeastern Civil Rights Service Center and the Pacific Northwest Civil Rights Service Center partnered to conduct the WED Training and Inspiring Women’s Awards Recognition Program. The training presentation, “Ignite Your Voice, Be Heard, Make an Impact” was conducted by Charlene Nelson, Maverick Innovator. The workshop focused on how society might define women or what category they might put us in, being heard is critical to our sense of self, our well-being and our success. It’s so important for women to show up and be heard. Women have unique gifts and perspectives that our world desperately needs; whether it’s in business, education, government, law, or academia, women have a powerful contribution to make and the world needs them!

Click on the following link to access the recorded training session

This year’s Inspiring Women’s’ Award Ceremony recognized twenty-two women representing employees from: Region 6, Region 10, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Northern Research Station , Forest Product Laboratory Eastern Region and Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. Award categories included:

  • Outstanding Mentor/Coach
  • Outstanding Scientific Achievement
  • Outstanding Outreach/Volunteerism Partnerships
  • Outstanding Administrative Achievement
  • Outstanding Leadership Achievement

This initiative began as a grass roots effort to honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women in the FS whose work and service inspire and empower women and others in the workplace and community. As a result of this initiative 112 women have been recognized over a span of four years. Congratulations to all the award recipients throughout the years.

As an agency, we must continue to stand up for each other and encourage people to go beyond stereotypes and recognize the contributions that each unique individual, regardless of gender brings to the FS each and every day.