WGR Blog

 

WGR was founded over 40 years ago by a small group of women who felt that they were not welcome at the table. We have grown to over 1,200 members, and work to advance and empower women in the government relations profession.

Many of our members, including me, are former Hill staff. Many of our members have worked for the federal government in some capacity. We now work for non-profits, lobby firms, corporations, and throughout the public sector. It is unfortunate, but I would venture to say all of us, as women, have experienced at least one uncomfortable moment in the workplace.

As a young female working on Capitol Hill my early twenties, I feel lucky that I never encountered harassment at the level many women are now publicly discussing.  Sadly, the stories shared by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) are all too common even in 2017.

Although I was pleased to see that both the Senate and House are moving to require sexual harassment training for members of Congress and staff, harassment training alone will not solve this problem. We as women in the field have an obligation to continue talking about this issue, to inform and educate those within the government relations profession— and all professions— so we can ultimately change the culture and the conversation. Women in Government Relations (WGR) is committed to doing this, by supporting women in government relations so that they can recognize harassment when it is happening, and provide guidance on how to report it.  

It is my hope that this difficult conversation will open the eyes of everyone – men and women – and lead to a more open dialogue and true progress for those of us in the workforce now and for generations  to come.

 

Past Blogs

Meet the Newest Board Members - October 2017
#WiseWords
- August 2017
Take your Vacation - June 2017
Sharing the Vision, Shaping the Future  - May 2017
A Path to Public Service: Ensuring women have a seat at the table - April 2017
#WGRStormstheHill - March 2017
Ready for a New Year & New Congress - March 2017
Answering the Call to Lead - February 2017
Crucial Conversations – Yes, you CAN! - January 2017
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Paving the Way for Those to Come - December 2016
One Step Closer to Eliminating the Glass Ceiling - November 2016
The Female Vote This Election Season - October 2016