News and Events
Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM EDT
The Women's Bureau, represented by Region IX program analyst Ana Victoria Fortes, took part in a panel on Nov. 13 addressing San Francisco's recently adopted Family Friendly Workplace ordinance. Fortes spoke on employer best practices for workplace flexibility. The panel addressed questions on implementation, enforcement and the scope of San Francisco's new policy. Members of various industries attended the event, including individuals from the labor standards legal community and small business representatives.
Posted on October 31, 2013 at 9:40 AM EDT
Community colleges play an important role in improving economic prospects for millions of women each year. On Oct. 28, North Shore Community College in Lynn, Mass., hosted a forum examining that role. Women's Bureau Regional Administrator Jacqueline Cooke addressed approximately 50 people at the "Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success" forum, noting that 72 percent of Massachusetts jobs will soon require some post-secondary education. The bureau planned the event with the American Association of University Women, NSCC and the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women.
Older Women Roundtable
Posted on October 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM EDT
In an effort to bring attention to the unique challenges facing older women in the workforce, the Women's Bureau held a roundtable on Sept. 27 at department headquarters in Washington, D.C. Acting Director Latifa Lyles pointed out that, although workers 55 and older are less likely to become unemployed than younger workers, those who do are likely to remain so for a longer period. "Older workers tend to... see their financial circumstances decline, [and] many go without medical care," said Lyles. The roundtable united subject experts from research institutions, advocacy organizations, universities and federal departments, and covered topics including retirement, financial needs specific to older women, and age and gender discrimination.
Green Career Options in Boston
Posted on August 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM EDT
The Women's Bureau's Boston regional office held an Aug. 21 roundtable focusing on career opportunities for women in the green and clean energy fields. It brought together 35 representatives from government, academia and business plus students and job seekers. Speakers outlined innovative efforts such as the University of Massachusetts' green internship program, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's use of paid internships. Attendees shared their personal stories of how they obtained their jobs in the green and clean energy sectors, and several participants expressed interest in mentoring and networking for advancement in green careers.
Serving Women Veterans
Posted on August 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM EDT
Through training workshops in Missouri and Michigan, the Women's Bureau offered guidance on its Trauma-Informed Care Guide for those who provide services to women veterans. Interactive training with local service providers in Lansing, Mich., on Aug. 7 and at offices of the United Way in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 13 provided organizations an opportunity to assess how their agencies rate in their readiness to serve women veterans. Bureau staff then led exercises to help participants identify organizational strengths, weakness and next steps to enhance services. Each organization developed a plan to improve staff training and services for women veterans. A Stand Down for Women Veterans will take place on Sept. 16 in Lansing.