Women in the workforce are vital to the nation’s economic security. The Women’s Bureau champions policies and standards that safeguard the interests of working women, advocates for the equality and economic security of women and their families, and promotes quality work environments.
For an overview of our work, see our factsheet:
- Wendy Chun-Hoon, Director
- Gayle Goldin, Deputy Director
- Tiffany Boiman, Deputy Director
- Nikkilia Lu, Chief of Staff
- Charlene Briggs, Administrative Officer
View our Regional Offices and the various services they provide their individual states.
The Women's Bureau was created by law in 1920 to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.
The Women's Bureau was established in the U.S. Department of Labor by Public Law No. 259 of June 5, 1920. The law gave the Bureau the duty to “formulate standards and policies which shall promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.” It also gave the Bureau the authority to investigate and report to the U.S. Department of Labor upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of women in industry. It is the only federal agency mandated to represent the needs of wage-earning women in the public policy process, learn more.