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Hiring rate stalls for women in top federal government jobs


Progress in promoting women to the top levels of the federal civil service has flowed like the mighty Mississippi River in the springtime.


Lately, it’s been more like a leaky faucet in Uncle Sam’s kitchen.

While men and women are close to being equally represented in the lower grades of the federal workforce, “at the higher levels women are woefully falling short of their male counterparts,” says a new report by the group Federally Employed Women, appropriately referred to as FEW.

Between 1992 and 2003, women were breaking through the glass ceiling at a pretty good clip, more than doubling their participation in the government’s Senior Executive Service from 12.3 percent to 26.2 percent, according to numbers FEW took from Office of Personnel Management reports.

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