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What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month

Filed in DOL, Women by on February 27, 2015 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About Women and Work During Black History Month

As Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month begins, those of us at the Labor Department are reflecting on the important contributions that black women have made to our nation’s workforce. The past 50 years have displayed vast improvements, but there’s still more work to do. Take a look at this […]

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In Case You Missed It: White House Summit on Working Families

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Women, Workforce Investment by on June 24, 2014 1 Comment

Balancing work and family is a juggling act that many Americans face on a daily basis. That’s why, on Monday, June 23, the White House, the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress hosted the first White House Summit on Working Families, bringing together businesses, economists, labor leaders, legislators, advocates and workers to […]

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From Little Women to Madame Secretary: The Arc of Working Women

From Little Women to Madame Secretary: The Arc of Working Women

You could write a dissertation on the challenges of balancing the demands of career and family – and plenty of people have. But few explorations of that theme are as memorable as the opening passage of Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, which finds a hedge fund manager distressing a pie in […]

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Honoring a Women’s Rights Pioneer

Filed in Centennial, DOL, Secretary Perez, Women by on December 13, 2013 0 Comments
Honoring a Women’s Rights Pioneer

Esther Eggertsen Peterson, former assistant secretary of labor and director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau. The Labor Department’s Hall of Honor recognizes men and women – like Cesar Chavez, Helen Keller and the Workers of the Memphis Sanitation Strike — who have made invaluable contributions to the welfare of American workers. It’s […]

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Supporting Our Service Women

Filed in Jobs, Veterans, Women by on March 21, 2013 5 Comments
Supporting Our Service Women

The service of women in American war efforts is older than our nation itself. Women served as battlefield nurses, cannon loaders, spies and more during the American Revolution. Through two World Wars, tens of thousands of army nurses served overseas to care for the wounded. Some 7,000 women served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam […]

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A Voice for Women Veterans

Filed in DOL, Women, Workforce Development by on January 29, 2013 66 Comments
A Voice for Women Veterans

Earlier this month, I was honored to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a congresswoman from Illinois. As a helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, she lost both her legs and the partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack. A record 98 women − 101 counting nonvoting members − now […]

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Beyond Disability Awareness

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs, Women, Workplace Rights by on October 31, 2012 0 Comments

This year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What can YOU Do?” invites us to consider what we can do to promote inclusion in our workplaces. President Obama and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis have made diversifying the workforce a high priority, including hiring more workers with disabilities. […]

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A Personal Investment in the Family and Medical Leave Act

Filed in Women, Workplace Rights by on October 22, 2012 1 Comment
A Personal Investment in the Family and Medical Leave Act

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As a Wage and Hour Investigator and breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how the protections afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act are making an impact in the lives of workers and their families.  “They told you its cancer, right?” My eyes widened. “What? No…What,” I replied […]

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Empowering Our Working Women

Filed in Education, Women, Workplace Rights by on August 20, 2012 6 Comments
Empowering Our Working Women

At the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, we strive to make sure that women and girls are equipped with the knowledge and tools to overcome barriers in the workforce. I recently had the opportunity to do just that by hosting a series of Women’s Bureau forums entitled “Working for Women: Your Jobs, Your Rights.” The […]

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Women Making a Difference for Africa

Filed in Child Labor, Green Jobs, Jobs, Women by on July 9, 2012 3 Comments
Women Making a Difference for Africa

Women everywhere have the potential to be drivers of economic growth and creators of opportunity—even when they are held back by barriers like discriminatory traditions or limited access to land and credit. This is especially true in Africa, where women are often the backbone of their communities. Karethic, a company that specializes in shea butter […]

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