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Veterans Group Honors Philadelphia Women's Bureau Administrator

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM EDT

Women's Bureau Regional Administrator in Philadelphia Lucia Bruce with her 2013 "Leaders & Legends" Honor Award from the Women Veterans ROCK! Coalition.

Lucia Bruce, Women's Bureau regional administrator in Philadelphia, has received the 2013 "Leaders & Legends" Honor Award from the Women Veterans ROCK! Coalition. Bruce was honored for her notable community leadership and advocacy in support of women veterans and military families during the coalition's summer retreat on June 30. The retreat focused on leadership, workforce and entrepreneurial development for women veterans. "This honor is very special because it has given me the opportunity to support our women veterans who are trying to reintegrate back into the workforce," said Bruce. Women Veterans ROCK! is a grassroots coalition of women veterans and advocacy organizations commissioned by The Healthy Caregiver Foundation in Philadelphia.

Green Jobs in Philadelphia

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM EDT

The presenters at A Latinas and Green Jobs Forum joined together for a photo after the program. The presenters at A Latinas and Green Jobs Forum joined together for a photo after the program. Click for a larger photo

Opportunities for women in the green industry was the focus of a green jobs forum hosted by the Women's Bureau in collaboration with Congreso de Latinos Unidos in Philadelphia on June 10. More than 65 women received the Green Jobs Guide, which outlines how women can get a green job and learn how to start a green company. The Energy Coordinating Agency, Infinite Solar Inc., and Community College of Philadelphia, all department grantees and forum participants, discussed the availability of free certified training opportunities at their companies. "This program was a great opportunity to introduce sustainable occupations to the Latino community," remarked Women's Bureau Regional Administrator Lucia Bruce. "A green job can help Latinas realize a higher earning potential."

Supporting Women Veterans

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT

Several weeks of training sponsored by the Women's Bureau culminated in a June 7 event serving women veterans at Westchester Community College in New York. More than 250 people attended Stand Up for Female Veterans, which included 65 exhibiting organizations providing legal, health, employment, training and other services. All 65 participants received training in the Women's Bureau Trauma-Informed Care Guide, and Regional Administrator Grace Protos noted that, after attending the training, several made organizational changes to better serve the female veteran population. "We are delighted to see them follow through with organizational changes in such a short amount of time after our training," Protos said.

Equal Pay's 50th

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM EDT

Atlanta's Council Member Felicia Moore presents Women's Bureau Regional Administrator Paulette Lewis with proclamation honoring the agency's efforts with promoting pay equity for women. Applauding is Commissioner Yvonne Cowser Yancy, City of Atlanta department of human resources. Click for a larger photo.

Paulette Lewis, Women's Bureau regional administrator in Atlanta, participated in two events marking the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Lewis served as keynote speaker in Birmingham, Ala., on June 10, addressing a group of staff members from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also participated in "Equal Pay for Women: Lunch & Learn" on June 13 at Atlanta's City Hall. Lewis recalled the history of the bureau's involvement in the Equal Pay policy and discussed the current economic status of women in the workplace. Yvonne Cowser Yancy commissioner of human resources for Atlanta, presented a proclamation honoring the Women's Bureau's efforts over the years to promote pay equity. Both events were sponsored by several agencies in collaboration with the Women's Bureau.

Celebrating Mothers, Supporting Families

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM EDT

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. Read more ...

Closing the Equal Pay Gap: 50 Years and Counting

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM EDT

Today, April 9, represents the day in 2013 that women finally make up the difference in wages paid to their male counterparts during 2012. That’s right: Women have to work almost four more months than men in the same jobs to bring home the same amount of income. Read more ...

Gender and Pay Equality: Join the Conversation

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM EDT

This year, Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 9. As part of the larger conversation about gender pay equality taking place this week, we’ll be hosting an equal pay Web chat this Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. EDT. Read more ...

By Women and for Women

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM EDT

Approximately 50 community, education and government representatives participated in the Women's Bureau's Feb. 12 roundtable in Austin, Texas. Program analyst Dolores Bischof opened the program with a discussion on sustainable green jobs, workplace flexibility and trauma informed care to help homeless women veterans. The roundtable also included a breakout session about supplemental services to empower working women veterans. The panel included representatives from the Women's Bureau, Texas Women Veterans, Austin Community College, and other local veteran organizations.

Championing Equal Pay

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM EDT

During a recent event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, the Women's Bureau joined other federal agencies to share information on the impact of unequal pay on the lives and finances of women. Women's Bureau Program Analyst Deborah Pascal told the audience, "When women are not paid the same amount as men it affects the entire family, from the ability to put food on the table to educating their children, as well as negative cumulative effects on her lifetime earnings and retirement benefits." Other agencies participating in the Chicago Foundation for Women Equal Pay Roundtable included the department's Wage and Hour Division, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Black History/Our History: A Trailblazer in the Women's Bureau

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM EDT

Elizabeth Duncan Koontz was the first black president of the National Education Association and the first African-American director of the department's Women's Bureau. She served from 1969 to 1973, in the administration of President Nixon, and was at that time the highest-ranking black woman in government. Although raised in the segregated South, her upbringing centered around educational achievement. She became a national figure in 1967 when the National Education Association elected her president. As head of the Women's Bureau, she stood up for equal rights and opportunities for blacks, women and the working poor, and was a vocal advocate for equal pay.

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