Tag: Latifa Lyles

The Elephant at the Roundtable

The Elephant at the Roundtable

Editor’s note: This is the third blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Earlier this year, I participated in a small roundtable at the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County in Rochester, New York in the last […]

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In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories

Filed in Paid Leave, Women by on September 24, 2014 0 Comments
In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories

Editor’s note: This is the second blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace. Today, more than 30 million of America’s working families have young children, and more than 25 million workers provide unpaid care for elderly relatives […]

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A Woman’s Place – in Tech

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Women by on September 16, 2014 1 Comment
A Woman’s Place – in Tech

Over the past few months, several of the IT giants have released self-reported workforce diversity data. The data show that women hold a very small percentage of the tech jobs at these companies. At Apple, for example, only 20 percent of tech positions are occupied by women. The figures for Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo […]

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41 Million Stories

Filed in DOL, Women, Workplace Rights by on June 18, 2014 0 Comments
41 Million Stories

More than 41 million workers in the United States do not have access to paid sick days, according to a recent study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. This was one of many key issues discussed this spring during a series of forums hosted by the Department of Labor as part of a national […]

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Recognizing Innovative Women

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women by on March 24, 2014 6 Comments
Recognizing Innovative Women

Recently, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Dialogue on Diversity in honor of Women’s History Month. One of my co-panelists was Dr. Erin Cadwalader, a neurobiologist and fellow at the Association for Women in Science. As we celebrate women’s remarkable achievements in society, including major advances in educational attainment and in the […]

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Unbought and Unbossed

Unbought and Unbossed

Too few know enough about Shirley Chisholm − the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress and the first African-American major-party candidate for president of the United States. As part of a the Department of Labor’s initiative to create a list of Books that Shaped Work in America, I was asked to suggest books […]

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The Price of Poverty and its Unique Costs for Women

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage, Women by on January 17, 2014 4 Comments
The Price of Poverty and its Unique Costs for Women

This week the Shriver Report was released, which examines financial hardship among American women. It includes contributions from luminaries like Maria Shriver, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Beyoncé, who share their perspectives on the unique economic challenges women in this country face. Many articles emphasize the challenges that arise due to lack of flexibility in the workplace, […]

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50 Years Later: Women, Work and the Work Ahead

Filed in Centennial, Equal Pay, Women, Workplace Rights by on December 20, 2013 0 Comments
50 Years Later: Women, Work and the Work Ahead

“[W]e have by no means done enough to strengthen family life and at the same time encourage women to make their full contribution as citizens. If our nation is to be successful in the critical period ahead, we must rely upon the skills and devotion of all our people. … It is appropriate at this […]

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An Invitation to Action: Commemorating a Historic Report on the Status of Women

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on December 7, 2013 1 Comment
An Invitation to Action: Commemorating a Historic Report on the Status of Women

This week in the Women’s Bureau, we’re commemorating the 50th anniversary of “American Women: The Report of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.” The commission was a major federal initiative launched during the Kennedy administration that focused on women’s status in society − with labor issues front and center. Esther Peterson, the head […]

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Bridging the Gap: Older Americans in the Workforce

Filed in DOL, Women by on November 4, 2013 2 Comments
Bridging the Gap: Older Americans in the Workforce

Today, more and more people are working later in life. Many workers want to – or have to – delay retirement, or return to work after retirement. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be 41.4 million workers age 55 and older, with their share of the total […]

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