WB News Releases

May 9, 2019

Erica Clayton Wright Named Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced Erica Clayton Wright has been named Acting Director of the Women's Bureau.

September 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $1.5 Million to Help American Women Enter Apprenticeships, Expand Job Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $1.5 million to help recruit, train, and retain more American women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, and cybersecurity, among other industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grants announced today help expand pathways for American women to excel in the workplace.

July 23, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau Posts Online, Interactive Career Education Information

WASHINGTON, DC – The Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor has posted interactive career education information, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The information, including the median annual earnings in more than 300 occupations, is intended to help Americans make informed decisions about their career path.

July 17, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Grant to Help Women Enter Apprenticeships, Expand Job Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of funding to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and healthcare, among other industries. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter in, and lead in, all industries.

September 21, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $1.5 Million For Women in Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $1,492,095 to support the recruitment, training, and retention of women in skilled occupations.

The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations grant program funds community-based organizations that provide employers and labor unions with one or more of the following types of technical assistance:

August 9, 2017

U.S. Department Of Labor Announces $1.3M for Women in Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced nearly $1.3 million is available to help more women access quality apprenticeship programs and pursue careers in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, information technology, and transportation, among other industries.

September 22, 2016

US Labor Department announces more than $150K in research grants to expand portable retirement savings plans for low-wage workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it has awarded a total of $153,836 in grants to organizations to support the planning and research of portable retirement benefit plans for low-wage workers.

August 9, 2016

US Labor Department announces $1.1M to study paid-leave programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau today awarded $1.1 million in grants to research and analyze how paid-leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country. The grants build on the Paid Leave Analysis Grant Program that, since 2014, has committed more than $3 million to 17 states and municipalities to support research and analysis on the implementation of paid family and medical-leave programs.

July 27, 2016

US Labor Department announces availability of grants to develop portable retirement savings plans for low-wage workers

WASHINGTON – In an important step forward to help workers – especially low-wage workers – adapt to the changing nature of America’s workplace, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $100,000 in funding through the new Portable Retirement Benefits Planning grant program.

May 5, 2016

Labor Department announces $1M to study paid-leave programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that $1 million will be available to research and analyze how paid-leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country.

February 4, 2016

‘50+ Women2Work Conference’ to help women return to work, school

Who: Women, 50 years and older who are ready to return to work or school

September 29, 2015

Department awards $1.55M to study paid family, medical leave implementation

US Labor Secretary: Paid leave for the good of our families, strength of our economy'

WASHINGTON – Continuing its efforts to support working families and encourage policies that reflect the realities of the 21st Century workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau today awarded $1.55 million in grants to research and analyze how paid leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country.

September 29, 2015

WB News Release: Department awards $1.55M to study paid family, medical leave implementation [09/29/2015]

WASHINGTON — Continuing its efforts to support working families and encourage policies that reflect the realities of the 21st Century workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau today awarded $1.55 million in grants to research and analyze how paid leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country.

September 24, 2014

WB News Release: $500K for studies on expanding paid family and medical leave provided by US Labor Department grants [09/24/2014]

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and Employment and Training Administration today awarded $500,000 to assist the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana and Rhode Island in funding feasibility studies on paid leave. The studies will inform the development or implementation of paid family and medical leave programs at the state level.

April 8, 2014

WB News Release: US Department of Labor's Women's Bureau to host a forum on equal pay and working families in Atlanta on April 10, 2014 [04/08/2014]

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau will host a forum to discuss pay equality and the challenges of working families. The event will take place Thursday, April 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT at The King Center Auditorium, 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. The free event is open to the public and the media. Attendees can join the conversation on Twitter by using #WorkingFamilies.

March 10, 2014

WB News Release: In honor of Women's Herstory Month, panel discussion on March 13 will be hosted by US Labor Department and YWCA of Greater Atlanta [03/10/2014]

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau is collaborating with the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and the National Center for Civil and Human rights to host the event as part of Women's Herstory Month. "The Story Behind the Story: A Fireside Chat" will take place Thursday, March 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT at the Georgia Power Arkwright Auditorium, 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

February 6, 2012

US Department of Labor's Women's Bureau releases guide to help women prepare for, find and succeed in 'green' jobs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of "Why Green is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career," which is designed to help women find and keep higher paying jobs in the clean energy economy.

July 20, 2011

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis releases guide for providing women veterans experiencing homelessness with trauma-informed care

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today released a new online publication, "Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers." Available on the website of the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau at http://www.dol.gov/wb/trauma/, the guide explains the unique experiences and needs of women veterans, and provides organizational self-assessment tools to aid service providers, such as social workers and community service organizations, that assist this population.

June 15, 2011

US Labor Departments Womens Bureau to host June 17 forum in Denver on workplace flexibility in hospitality, restaurant and tourism industries

Business owners, researchers, advocates and workers invited to attend

DENVER The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau will host a National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility on Friday, June 17, from 8 a.m. to noon MDT at Colorado Heights University, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, Colo. 80236. The dialogue, which builds on the message and momentum of the 2010 White House Flexibility Forum, will focus on flexibility challenges and solutions for workers in the hospitality, restaurant and tourism industries.

April 11, 2011

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding Equal Pay Day, which will be tomorrow, April 12:

"As a growing segment of America's workforce, women now hold nearly half of today's jobs. Their earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial well-being of their families.