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My experience as a woman in the work force is...

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women released its report, American Women, which examined several aspects of the daily lives of women in the United States.

In the 50 years since American Women, more women are working, entering new job fields, taking on leadership positions, and even starting their own businesses.

Every woman's work experience is unique, and we at the Women's Bureau want to hear about yours.

So tell us, in 100 characters or less, about your experience. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!



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My experience as a woman in the work force is...

retaliation bullying and ostracized. Received on: 1/27/2014 at: 7:20 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

I worked in fac/maintenance, hard work for anyone, men are slackers, women do all the detail work. Received on: 1/22/2014 at: 5:52 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

Working in the Arts is a challenge for anyone, but I've had a good run. Received on: 1/22/2014 at: 5:49 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

that education and experience at 50+ is an automatic recipe for rejection. Received on: 1/22/2014 at: 2:38 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

Frustrating...Choose between working to pay for child care or not working and not getting by. Received on: 1/14/2014 at: 8:43 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

hearing superintendent say why he promoted less qualified candidate: "He is the family breadwinner". Received on: 1/8/2014 at: 7:53 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

A maaaazing <3. Received on: 1/8/2014 at: 9:07 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

rewarding w/ SMART women mentors! Irritating that life earnings are lost with gender discrimination. Received on: 1/6/2014 at: 3:00 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

Watch out if educated, exp., & successful 20+ years, over 55, and looking for another job. Nothing. Received on: 1/6/2014 at: 12:24 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

After 24 yrs of successful implementation my male boss said I was making too much money and fired. Received on: 1/6/2014 at: 12:14 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

Amazing - I was able to grow into any position I was willing to work for - now in the top position! Received on: 1/6/2014 at: 12:00 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

frustrating as a mother and because I am "attractive." Both have quashed my career equally. Received on: 1/6/2014 at: 9:45 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

moving backward. The more I lean in, the more men lean me out. Received on: 1/5/2014 at: 8:48 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

I paid just as much for my education as did men, but earned less from which to repay student loans. Received on: 1/5/2014 at: 6:14 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

As a teacher, no problem. Until religions stop teaching male superiority NOTHING will change. Received on: 1/4/2014 at: 2:16 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

that there is not yet enough flexibility to allow me to care for my family and also excel at my job. Received on: 1/4/2014 at: 10:58 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

I have worked in manufacturing, government & retail. Laws have improved the work environment a lot. Received on: 1/4/2014 at: 8:30 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

empowering. Just when I think I'm being held back my strength comes through & pushes me forward. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 4:59 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

just when you think it doesn't happen anymore, 'the old boy network' pops its ugly head out. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 4:23 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

inspiring, I love breaking stereotypes. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 4:18 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

fascinating. Career path-ski & swim instructor/lifeguard, camp director, writer/med. relations-govt. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 4:10 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

A juggling act, but one I welcome (mostly). Unpaid family leave and taking time off to pump-no good. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 4:02 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

is complicated because culture is slow to shift and women's leadership style differs from men's. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 3:54 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

conflicted. I have a good career, equal pay, shared chores at home. But I miss my 3 kids growing up. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 3:47 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

That I had to pass up having children to have time for an executive level position. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 3:39 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

challanging. I approach my career w/ drive, ambition, integrety & hope. Typically most are suprised. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 3:36 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

exciting, fulfilling, meaningful, frustrating, and stressful. I see our progress and expect more. Received on: 1/3/2014 at: 9:36 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

got fired for having a baby before Family Medical Leave Act. Still fighting 4 women's health rights. Received on: 1/2/2014 at: 2:21 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

It's been both good and bad, almost 30 yrs as a union electrican. Less women now than when I started. Received on: 1/2/2014 at: 2:20 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

always evolving. With each new city my husbands job sent us, I adapted to my surroundings. Received on: 1/2/2014 at: 10:42 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

rewarding at times but can be extremely frustrating when you know you aren't looked upon as an equal. Received on: 1/2/2014 at: 10:00 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

exciting. I give HVACR CEHs for a male dominated field, and help them with laws and code questions. Received on: 1/1/2014 at: 11:53 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

upsetting. Having been bullied by two former bosses, my mistrust of management still lingers... Received on: 1/1/2014 at: 2:05 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

that traditionally male patterns of speech and behavior (and self-promotion) still rule. Received on: 12/29/2013 at: 4:29 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

benefecial to me and my family. Received on: 12/31/2013 at: 1:59 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

I work for in a labor union making 19.06/hr as an apprentice - I love my new job. Received on: 12/29/2013 at: 2:18 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

Tough, we must PROVE we are just as good. We must do not only a good job, but a good ENOUGH job. Received on: 12/29/2013 at: 12:17 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

transformative; self-perception & priorities evolve in contrast to what I was conditioned to expect. Received on: 12/28/2013 at: 9:21 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

I was an Ironworker for 21yrs as a certified welder I refused to quit. Women aren't wanted in my union. Received on: 12/28/2013 at: 8:13 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

still very challenging due to gender bias in the construction industry. We are not accepted. Received on: 12/28/2013 at: 4:26 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

40yrs ago myMom went thru hell in nontraditional job. Today as a plumber I receive similar treatment. Received on: 12/28/2013 at: 1:21 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

that I enjoy my work most when there is freedom of creativity & I love being self-employed! Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 3:59 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

to serve as a warning to others: paid less than 40% of male comparators, complained, and suffered. Received on: 12/28/2013 at: 11:50 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

you will always have to work twice as hard to prove your half as good. Hard to feel like an equal. Received on: 12/28/2013 at: 10:14 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

less lonely now than 40 years ago, when I often was the only woman in the room. Received on: 12/27/2013 at: 12:42 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

As a retiree, my experience was as challenging and empowering, as my strong work ethic. Received on: 12/26/2013 at: 8:21 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

A challange. Owning 2 businesses @ 26 yrs old, I'm always trying 2 get respect from lg corp vendors. Received on: 12/26/2013 at: 8:07 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

rewarding, but it infuriates me when men think they can walk all over me. They can't. Received on: 12/23/2013 at: 6:27 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

unique. There are more women than men in leadership roles in my office. Nice! Received on: 12/23/2013 at: 5:03 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

better than it was 35 years ago but it still depends where you are or the industry you work in. Received on: 12/23/2013 at: 9:09 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

So many opportunities, but so many subconscious biases in both men and women. Received on: 12/21/2013 at: 8:16 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

To have a highly successful career without having a spouse as supportive of your dreams and goals. Received on: 12/21/2013 at: 7:56 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

that I enjoy my work most when there is freedom of creativity & I love being self-employed! Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 3:59 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

I worked as a Locomotive Engineer, and now a CEO. of a non-profit organization. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 2:30 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

uniquely empowering to all that I encounter. Ownership+KSA's edification = a strong servant leader. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 2:00 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

rewarding/satisfying. I have seen lots of positive changes since my first job in 1968. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 1:52 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

My experience as a woman in the work force is demanding. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 1:22 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

empowering. I have been in control of my career and made my own pathways. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 11:37 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

In places I've been employed the past 25 years, I've been treated equally with my male counterparts. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 11:28 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

as the number of women in my profession has increased, there has been a like decrease in wages. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 11:25 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

we continue not to receive equal pay for the same job classification. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 10:47 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

difficult at times , the further you get up in management the more you hit the glass ceiling. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 10:31 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

we had to struggle for equal pay and we still do not have equal pay for doing the same job as a man. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 10:07 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

vastly different than my mother. I am a vice president and can go as far as my imagination limits. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 9:43 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

challenging because the U.S. has no national paid family and medical leave or paid sick days laws. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 9:42 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

expanding. Views have changed from "the girl" to recognition of talent without regard to gender. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 9:32 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

that even with an education I am still behind the men that I work for. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 9:21 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

My experience is gratifying, satisfying and has been a great ride. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 9:08 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

better than it would have been 50 years ago. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 8:54 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

hard won. My ma's 8th grade ed. vs. my BS in Ed degree. She expected to marry: I expected to excel. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 8:28 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

frustrating with continued privileging of male perspective and socialized judgment. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 8:23 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

Culture,policy and ethics have a vital role in the workplace to influence the workforce's behavior. Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 7:01 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

worked with older man who said his company shouldn't of hired a woman, other comments did I break a nail Received on: 12/20/2013 at: 6:17 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

Very challenging and exhilarating as a CEO of a business, investors are very biased against women. Received on: 12/19/2013 at: 10:28 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

that i am happiest and productive when i am my own boss, and working in collaboration with others. Received on: 12/17/2013 at: 8:35 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

...that there is little support for me as a mother. Received on: 12/17/2013 at: 3:13 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

work for yourself. Received on: 12/17/2013 at: 3:11 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

I have always been on top, never worked for anyone. Worked in small firms. Avoided hierarchy. Received on: 12/17/2013 at: 2:49 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

Exhilarating! Received on: 12/17/2013 at: 12:31 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

I have not been taken as seriously as a man in the same position, and have not been paid as well. Received on: 12/17/2013 at: 11:55 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

one of opportunities afforded and taken. Received on: 12/17/2013 at: 7:05 AM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

that there are still too few women in the building trades, and many previously all MALE employment. Received on: 12/16/2013 at: 5:29 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

if you look hard, there is always a new door to open, even when one is shut or closed or locked. Received on: 12/16/2013 at: 4:45 PM.


My experience as a woman in the work force is...

weird. When males show interest in moving up its met w/ support. When women, it upsets the manager. Received on: 12/16/2013 at: 4:43 PM.