February 10, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks to advance equity for Black women facing lower wages, less opportunity exacerbated by the pandemic

CHICAGO ‒ Those questioning the need for equity among Black women in the workforce should look no further than a 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ survey that found they earn just 63 cents for every dollar white men earn, and that they experienced a nearly 5 percent rate of job loss during the pandemic.

November 16, 2021

US Department of Labor opens online dialogue with stakeholders to expand access among underrepresented communities to Registered Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor today launched an online dialogue with stakeholders to increase access to Registered Apprenticeships for job seekers in underrepresented communities.

Conversation and ideas shared will help develop and shape future Registered Apprenticeship programs and funding opportunities, and foster diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

September 20, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $2M in grants to support awareness, use of employment rights, benefits by low-income, marginalized women

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2 million in grant funding to organizations to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits to conduct outreach to low-income and marginalized women workers to help them understand and exercise their rights and benefits in the workplace.

September 9, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $3.3M in grants to expand job opportunities for women in apprenticeships, nontraditional occupations

PHILADELPHIA - In a ceremony today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty J. Walsh announced $3.3 million in grant funding to help recruit, train and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs as well as nontraditional occupations. The event, hosted by Per Scholas Inc., included remarks from the Secretary, Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon and two graduates of Per Scholas’ technical skills training program.

June 22, 2021

US Department of Labor announces dialogue to promote employment equity for women workers

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today’s launch of a national online dialogue to gather ideas to improve labor outcomes for women, especially economically disadvantaged women. The dialogue will be open until July 9.

June 15, 2021

US Department of Labor announces funding availability of $1.5M in grants to better inform women about labor rights, benefits

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1.5 million funding opportunity available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits to conduct outreach to women workers to help them understand and exercise their rights and benefits in the workplace. The fund will support up to six grants.

April 26, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $3.5M funding opportunity to place more women in Registered Apprenticeships, nontraditional occupations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a funding opportunity of $3.5 million for up to 10 grants to increase and retain the number of women in quality Registered Apprenticeship Programs and nontraditional occupations such as those in the manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity and healthcare industries.

April 20, 2021

US Department of Labor opens national dialogue to improve outreach to teens on workplace issues of safety, wages, job training, discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor is extending an invitation to teens, parents, educators, employers and other interested stakeholders to join a national online dialogue through April 30 to gather ideas on how the department can connect with teens better.

September 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $4.1 Million to Increase Women Participation in Apprenticeship, Expand Job Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $4.1 million in grant funding to help recruit, train and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.

July 24, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Kicks off National Childcare Reopening Tour in Denver, Colorado

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Director of the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau Laurie Todd-Smith traveled to Denver, Colorado, with Senator Cory Gardner and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump underscoring the importance of childcare as the nation’s economy safely reopens.

July 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Input on Effectiveness And Impact of Paid Family Leave on Women and Families

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Request for Information regarding the impact of paid family and medical leave on America’s workforce.

July 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces the Availability of $4.1 Million in Funds to Support Women’s Participation In Apprenticeships and Nontraditional Occupations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced $4.1 million in grants available to community organizations to recruit, mentor, train and retain more women in quality apprenticeship programs, and to help those women pursue successful careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, healthcare and other industries.

June 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Marks 100th Anniversary of Women’s Bureau

WASHINGTON, DC Today, the U.S. Department of Labor commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Bureau. This centennial celebration is a recognition of the only federal agency focused exclusively on working women.

January 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Celebrates Women’s Bureau Centennial Anniversary, Announces Plans to Mark Century of Achievements

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Women’s Bureau – one of the department’s longest-serving agencies – with a yearlong celebration that marks its establishment in 1920. 

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week Continues With National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of National Apprenticeship Week activities, the U.S. Department of Labor today hosted over 200 stakeholders from around the country at the National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship at the Department's headquarters in Washington D.C.

October 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith As Director of the Women’s Bureau

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith is now the Director of the Department's Women Bureau.

"Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith has dedicated her life to delivering crucial workforce education in her community," said U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia. "As we approach the 100-year celebration of the Women's Bureau, Dr. Todd-Smith will play a leading role in shaping our continued efforts to help women enter and succeed in the American workforce."

September 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Awards of Grants To Help Women Affected by the Opioid Crisis Re-enter Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the awards of nearly $2.5 million in grant funding to organizations in five states to help women affected by the opioid crisis to re-enter the workforce.

August 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly $1.5 Million to Increase Apprenticeship Participation, Expand Job Opportunities for American Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grant funding to organizations in Illinois, Virginia, and Wisconsin to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. The grants will help women pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, health care, and other industries.

The 2019 Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant recipients are: