From the Locker Room to the Courts of Wimbledon: The Path to Gender Equality
By Latifa Lyles on July 15, 2013
Title IX paved the way for women athletes like Williams and changed athletics and professional sports forever.
Miss Utah’s Question is Worth Answering
By Patricia Shiu on June 20, 2013
Marissa Powell’s comments on the pay gap at the June 16 Miss USA competition have gotten a lot of attention in the news – but for all the wrong reasons. Gossip sites and even respectable media sources have homed in on her grammatically shaky response, but let’s not duck the question; it is well worth answering again and again.
What Women Want: Equal Pay
By Laura Fortman, Latifa Lyles and Patricia Shiu on June 10, 2013
Fifty years ago today, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. At that time, the U.S. workforce included nearly 25 million women Ė a third of all U.S. workers. Yet women earned an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to their male colleagues.
Celebrating Mothers, Supporting Families
By Latifa Lyles on May 13, 2013
Motherís Day is the time we show our mothers and grandmothers how much we appreciate them and the sacrifices they made to take care of us. Most of us had no idea growing up what it took for our parents and other caregivers to balance family, work and life responsibilities.
Closing the Equal Pay Gap: 50 Years and Counting
By Latifa Lyles on April 9, 2013
Today, April 9, represents the day in 2013 that women finally make up the difference in wages paid to their male counterparts during 2012.
Gender and Pay Equality: Join the Conversation
By Latifa Lyles on April 8, 2013
Representatives from the departmentís Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Womenís Bureau will address the current pay gap and ongoing policy initiatives.
Supporting Our Service Women
By Latifa Lyles on March 21, 2013
The departmentís Veteransí Employment and Training Service administers a number of services and programs, with input from the Womenís Bureau, that provide transition assistance to veterans seeking rewarding careers in the civilian workforce.
Minimum Wage is a Womenís Issue
By Latifa Lyles on March 8, 2013
At the U.S. Department of Labor, we have always fought for womenís economic rights. The departmentís Wage and Hour Division and its Womenís Bureau lead our efforts to ensure hardworking women receive a fair wage for the work they do.
A Voice for Women Veterans
By Latifa Lyles on January 29, 2013
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.
Beyond Disability Awareness
By Latifa Lyles on October 31, 2012
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. In 2010, the President signed an Executive Order asking federal agencies to increase the hiring of people with disabilities by 100,000 over five years.