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Dear Friends of the Women's Bureau,

As the weather gets colder and we unpack our winter jackets, individuals and families are preparing for the holiday season in their own ways. While this year’s festivities may look differently for some, the heart and meaning of the season still ring true.

Looking back at the accomplishments of the Women’s Bureau during this year, I am thankful for a team that continued to advocate for safe and affordable child care for working women and families, published the Women's Bureau's very first Request For Information on paid leave, and awarded $4.1 million to six community-based organizations to help women enter or reenter the workforce through apprenticeships and nontraditional occupations.

The Women’s Bureau has been able to celebrate its centennial year, recognize "The Rosies" in the U.S. Department of Labor's Hall of Honor, and produce and participate in a variety of webinars. Just this month, the Women’s Bureau celebrated National Apprenticeship Week and honored Veterans Day and National Veterans and Military Families Month with virtual events.

As we approach the holiday season, I am thankful that technology allows us to stay connected. 2020, while filled with trial, has also produced some of America's greatest innovations in work practices, safety, and communication.

I have been blessed to work with my team while they telework from home. Through it all, we have come together as a community as we share in the common goals of promoting women into roles of economic prosperity.

This holiday, I'm giving thanks for that.

Laurie Todd-Smith, Ph.D.
Women’s Bureau
U.S. Department of Labor

The Women’s Bureau Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2020

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On Nov. 9, the Women's Bureau kicked off National Apprenticeship Week 2020 with a virtual webinar on Increasing Opportunities for Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations. The webinar featured current and former Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Grant Program recipients who discussed how to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration that highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries. Learn how the Department of Labor and organizations around the country celebrated NAW 2020.

Honoring Veterans Day at the Women’s Bureau: Webinar on What You Need to Know about Hiring Military Spouses

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On Nov. 10, the Women’s Bureau honored Veterans Day and National Veterans and Military Families Month with a webinar on how employers can connect with military spouses and veterans to help them reenter the workforce. Featuring speakers from the Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS), Hiring Our Heroes, and iRelaunch, this webinar answered important questions for employers and highlighted resources available for military spouses and veterans in the workforce.

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U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau Awarded $4.1 Million to Increase Women Participation in Apprenticeship and Expand Job Opportunities

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In September, the Women's Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $4.1 million in grant funding to six community-based organizations. The grant recipients will help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs as part of the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Grant Program.
Read about the 2020 WANTO grant recipients here.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

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October marked the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Held annually, NDEAM is led by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year.

Read the press release, Presidential Proclamation, and learn more about NDEAM here.

Tell Us Your Story

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The Women's Bureau's "Our Purpose. Your Work." initiative presents women of all ages with the opportunity to share your work stories and discuss how the Women's Bureau has helped advance your purpose. Throughout our centennial year, we have collected and shared stories to learn how the Women's Bureau's resources and initiatives have made a difference in your life, at work and at home.

Follow the Women's Bureau on Twitter: @WB_DOL

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The Women's Bureau has been championing the interests of working women and serving as a convener of conversations for 100 years.

Follow us at @WB_DOL to learn more about the latest research, initiatives, policies, and updates related to working women, and how the Women's Bureau has honored the Rosies!