Founded in 1973, Executive Women in Government is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization comprised of Federal Government women executives. Members prepare, promote, and support women for senior leadership positions in the Federal Government and the military through networking, shared knowledge and experience, and mentoring.


Come join us and be inspired!

The Executive Women in Government (EWG) has, since 1973, served as a powerful force in promoting the advancement of women into federal and military leadership positions. Never has it been more important than today for those women in leadership positions to support an effective network among successful professionals and to mentor rising leaders. EWG does this through its marquee mentor program, informal leader development activities, and enterprising networking opportunities. EWG offers opportunities for current and aspiring female senior leaders to share insights and experiences, and ultimately to be inspired. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as President, and I encourage you to join us as we continue to motivate, support and elevate a talented, diverse and inclusive leadership cadre of executive women in government.

Ellen McClain, President


Prepare, promote, support and mentor women for senior leadership positions in the Federal Government.  Build a powerful network to share experiences, to enhance professional relationships, and to increase understanding among women executives in the Federal Government. Motivate women leaders in the federal government to contribute to effective succession planning by creating a mentoring culture within their sphere of influence.


Advocate for the advancement of women in senior leadership positions in the Federal Government, to include taking a public position on issues related to the purposes and goals of the organization; provide an opportunity to become better acquainted with other professional women in an atmosphere conducive to the constructive exchange of professional ideas; and encourage by collective example and action, interest and participation in public service by other women.


Executive Women in Government was founded in 1973 by the Honorable Barbara Franklin and other high-ranking government Women.

“We, the women in government who were really concerned about the advancement of women, began having meetings.  I was then serving in the White House and was able to arrange meetings there, first in the Roosevelt Room, then as our numbers grew, in larger venues.  After I left the White House we wanted to keep meeting, so we formed Executive Women in Government in 1973 and created by-laws in 1974.  The level of camaraderie and support was astounding.  For us EWG was an anchor, a place to come to share experiences, support one another, and make life-long friendships.”
— Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin