According to the Merit Systems Protection Board, women have made strides toward equality in the military as well as in the federal workplace since 1990, suggesting that full equality is a realizable goal.
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Achievements for Women in the Federal Workplace

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Women in federal jobs deserve to earn as much as their male counterparts for the same jobs done.

According to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), women have made strides toward equality in the military as well as in the federal workplace since 1990, suggesting that full equality is a realizable goal. MSPB's report, "Women in the Federal Government: Ambitions and Achievements," concluded the number of women in high paying Senior Executive Service fields is increasing. The numbers speak for themselves: in 2009, women made up 30 percent of the SES, compared to 11 percent in 1990. Also in 2009 the average salary for women in professional fields climbed to 93 percent of the median salary for men, up from 83 percent in 1991.

HIGHER PAY, BUT LESS AGENCY FOR WOMEN

MSPB also reported that there are still less women working in supervisory positions, than their male peers. For example, more women today are physicians and attorneys but less women are working in technology and engineering - fields that are quickly advancing in an information-based workforce. The Partnership for Public Service prepared a separate report with Deloitte, which searched deeper into the underlying emotions of women in the federal workplace. This study concluded that women tend to feel less satisfied with their position in management and leadership jobs, and don't feel they are adequately consulted on decisions affecting their professional life.

WORKING FOR CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE

"Women in the Federal Government: Ambitions and Achievements," found that the institutions with the greatest disparities between women and men were the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC, preparing to move forward and fix the gender gap, requested advice from the Federal Women's Program Advisory Committee.

FEDERAL WOMEN: WORKING LIFE VS. HOME LIFE

According to John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership, federal employee equality is headed in the right direction. However, though differences between men and women in the workplace are shrinking, there is still more work to be done. Palguta opens the critique up to women's role in modern society, claiming that women with higher responsibilities in the workplace are still expected to be pillars of the family - balance must be sought so that equality in the workplace reflects equality in all aspects of life.



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