Getting in the Game: Women in Professional Sports
In celebration of the anniversaries of Title IX and the Equal Pay Act, the Women’s Bureau hosted a roundtable conversation with women in the professional sports industry to discuss practical ways to create a more equitable workplace, and shared strategies to help women pursue opportunities in professional sports.
The Menopause Transition and Work
The Women’s Bureau held a roundtable to hear perspectives from a variety of fields on the impact of the menopause transition on women workers and steps that policymakers and employers can take to help those experiencing menopause symptoms remain employed.
Pride at the Department of Labor
At the Department of Labor’s Pride month event, Women’s Bureau Policy Analyst Elyse Shaw shares how the Department is creating a workplace that is more open and accessible for all workers.
Celebrating PRIDE Month
Women’s Bureau Director, Wendy Chun-Hoon shares a special message during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex PRIDE month on being your authentic self in the workplace and outlines how the Women’s Bureau prioritizes inclusivity and leads on strategies to protect LGBTQI+ communities from attacks on their rights and safety.
The Equal Pay Act at 60
The Women’s Bureau has fought for equal pay since the 1920s. To mark the 60th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon shares how the Women’s Bureau remains committed to ensuring equal pay for equal work in this video for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s “Level the Playing Field” Campaign.
Reducing Caregiving Penalties for Women and Low Wage Workers - The Childcare Crisis
Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon shares new data from the Women’s Bureau’s National Database on Childcare Prices. The database demonstrates how unaffordable childcare is for families across the country and why reducing childcare expenses can positively impact mothers, families, workers, and the economy.
Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work
Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon reveals how gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace negatively impacts the ability of women to fully participate in our economy.
The Union Advantage for Women and People of Color
Women’s Bureau Wendy Chun-Hoon explains the benefits of union representation for women, particularly women of color and how empowering women to join and form unions to reduce the gender-racial wage gap.
It’s Time to Care About Paid Leave
At some point, we all need time to take care of our own health or to care for a loved one. No one should have to choose between taking care of themselves or their loved ones and the job they need, but access to paid leave is uneven and inequitable. There is currently no federal law regarding paid family and medical leave for the private sector, although some states have their own programs and requirements. As the momentum for paid leave is growing, Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon explains the benefits of paid leave.
A Special Message from Sec. Alexis M. Herman
In honor of National Black History Month and to mark the start of National Women’s History Month, Secretary Alexis M. Herman shares a special. Sec. Herman served as the 23rd United States Secretary of Labor and was the first African American to head the department, appointed by President Bill Clinton. She was also the youngest person to serve as Director of the Women’s Bureau, appointed by President Jimmy Carter when she was 29 years old. A lifelong advocate for women’s rights and the rights of people of color, Secretary Herman is living Black history and her inspirational message to us is a nod to this year’s national Black History Month theme “Black Resistance” and a rallying cry as we celebrate Women’s History Month in March.
Jobs and the Economy: Advancing Equity for Latinas in the Workplace
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Women’s Bureau hosted a webinar titled “Jobs and the Economy: Advancing Equity for Latinas in the Workplace” on Sept. 19, 2022. The program, which featured leaders from across the country, addressed the challenges and barriers Latinas face in the workforce and offered solutions to increase Latina workers' access to higher paying jobs. We also marked the month by publishing a blog on employment outcomes for Latinas in the United States. Available in both English and Spanish, the blog highlights key statistics on labor force participation, unemployment, educational attainment, earnings, and more for the approximately 21.7 million Latinas 18 and older in the country.
Ride-Along with Truck Driver Brita Nowak
On April 28, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor participated in the National Day of Action to Promote Safety and Prevent Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Trucking Industry. In this video, Brita Nowak, 20-year driver and CEO of Brat Cat Express Corps., invited Women's Bureau staff for a ride-along to discuss the safety concerns she faces as a woman in the trucking industry, as well as some ways to ensure women who enter this nontraditional occupation are protected. Women's Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon is in the passenger seat, while Chief of Staff Nikkilia Lu and Policy Analyst Katrin Schulz sit in the cab.
Celebrating International Equal Pay Day
The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau joined the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) on Sept. 17, 2021 for a global webinar to celebrate International Equal Pay Day. EPIC is led by the International Labor Organization, UN Women, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and is committed to creating parity for women in the global labor force. Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon and Bureau of International Labor Affairs Deputy Undersecretary Thea Lee delivered joint video remarks at the event. Explore our research on equal pay and pay transparency protections.
WANTO - Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations
On Sept. 9, 2021, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon announced the 2021 Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant recipients at an event in Philadelphia. Administered by the department's Women's Bureau and Employment and Training Administration, the WANTO grants were awarded to organizations in California, Mississippi, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. The WANTO grants support women’s participation in a range of fields in which women have traditionally been underrepresented. These industries include finance, technology, construction, manufacturing, energy and transportation.
Women in Service: A Conversation with Four Military Leaders on Blazing Trails in the Armed Forces
On Feb. 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and its Veterans' Employment and Training Service hosted a special event to celebrate African American History Month and the Women’s Bureau Centennial: "Women in Service: A Conversation with Four Military Leaders on Blazing Trails in the Armed Forces." Four African American women veterans discussed their experiences leading in the military, as well as ways we can help increase opportunities for women in all industries and occupations. Learn more about the Women's Bureau Centennial at dol.gov/WB100.