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DOL Settles Gender Discrimination Case

Federal contractor Green Bay Dressed Beef LLC will pay $1.65 million in back wages, interest and benefits to 970 women who were subjected to systemic discrimination by the company. The settlement follows an investigation by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which found that the women were rejected for general laborer positions at the company's Green Bay plant in 2006 and 2007. In addition to financial compensation, the beef supplier will extend a total of 248 offers of employment to affected women as positions become available. "This is the 21st century in the United States of America. There is no such thing as a 'man's job,'" said Secretary Solis. "I am pleased that my department has been able to work out a resolution with Green Bay Dressed Beef, and that the settlement not only compensates the victims of discrimination but also provides jobs for many of these women."

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ODEP and WB Advance Workplace Flexibility

Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz, Secretary Solis and Office of Disibility Employment Policy Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez

Nearly 40 workplace flexibility experts participated Monday in "Advancing Workplace Flexibility Policy and Practices," a roundtable co-hosted by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Women’s Bureau. The dialogue focused on creating solutions for the changing workforce, especially for working mothers, people with disabilities, and those who are living longer and working more hours. Proposed suggestions from the event will be used to create an electronic toolkit for employers, disability-service providers, family support services and policy experts. "It is important that we make changes and create opportunities in the workplace to meet the needs of all individuals," said Secretary Solis.


Flexibility in the Health Care Industry

From Left to right: Bonnie Shelor, Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Dona Yarborough, Center for Women, Emory University, Paulette Lewis, Regional Administrator, Women’s Bureau, Dr. Jane Smith, Spelman College, Dr. Flavia Mercado, Emory University School of Medicine, Sara Manzano-Díaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, Elham Shirazi, The Clean Air Campaign, Karen Mathews, WellStar Health System, Dallis Howard-Crow, Emory Healthcare, Inc., David Anderson, WellStar Health System

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The Women's Bureau continued its "National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility" on Wednesday, November 10 at Emory University in Atlanta. The forum focused on flexible workplace options in the health care industry. Educators, health care service providers, and representatives of women's advocacy groups gathered to discuss both the challenges and solutions in this growing employment sector. "Work-life balance, including flexible workplace policies, is not just a women's issue, it's a necessity for all working families," said Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Diaz. "Ensuring that our nation's workers are able to balance their work and home lives without worry that they will lose their jobs is critical to our economic success as a country."



Telework: The Triple Bottom Line - People, Profits, Planet

More than 75 people from the public and private sectors participated in "Telework: The Triple Bottom Line - People, Profits, Planet," last week at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The conference, sponsored by the department's Women's Bureau, was a collaborative effort with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Clean Air Counts and Life Meets Work to promote telework as a solution to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and improve the quality of life for workers. Speakers included Illinois elected officials and corporate representatives from Microsoft, McDonald's, Cisco and Ryan Inc. who shared their telework best practices.

 

The event was timely since President Obama signed the 2010 Telework Expansion Act a few days later. The Act will allow federal agencies to enhance their telework policies, while making government more efficient in all areas. "This bill is a common-sense measure that will save money down the road by reducing agencies' overhead costs, cutting energy consumption and improving productivity," said Secretary Solis. "Private sector companies such as IBM have saved as much as $56 million annually in reduced office space by allowing employees to telework."


Honoring Native American Women

Pictured from left to right are: Daucey Brewington, PTAC Program Manager ((PTAC) Procurement Technical Assistance Center) of the United Indians of All Tribes), Sherry Barry, Tribal Liaison for Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers, Betty Lock, Regional Administrator Women's Bureau.
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October 27-28, 2010, the Women’s Bureau Regional Office in Seattle, WA and the United Indians of All Tribes, Procurement Technical Assistance Center convened to host a two-part conference to recognize the accomplishments of Native American women. “Honoring Native American Women – Building Futures” celebrated the business and leadership endeavors of Native American women, focusing not only on their successes, but also on how they overcame their challenges. The second portion of the conference provided information and assistance to Native American women business owners on entrepreneurial start-ups, funding for small businesses, loan programs, and how to work with tribal developers and the Tribal Employment Offices.

Seven Native American women shared their stories and insights on business and how to succeed in nontraditional roles:

Marina TurningRobe and Monica Simeon are sisters and business partners. They started a business on their Spokane Reservation manufacturing and marketing a line of natural toiletry care products. They first marketed to Native American resorts and casinos, but their products are now so well known that they have expanded and currently receive orders from non-native businesses and shops. They are able to provide jobs to tribal members as well as help for the reservation’s economy.

Cecile Hansen is the Duwamish Tribal Chairwoman and the great, great, grandniece of Chief Seattle. In working with local businesses, she has been able to get a parcel of tribal land for the tribe along the Duwamish River. She continues to lead the battle to get federal recognition for the Duwamish Tribe.

Pictured from left to right are: Monica Simeon, CEO & Principal Partner of Sister Sky- Hospitality Products / Indigenous Spa Concepts / Employee Training & Development, Teri Gobin, Director of the Pacific Northwest Region Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), Vice Chairperson and the Director of the Tulalip TERO. She is a member of the Tulalip Tribes, Lisa Telford, Job Developer/Artist (ANEW) Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women- is a nationally renowned basket weaver artist and member of the Haida Nation, Sherry Barry, Liaison for Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers=International Union of North American* Affiliated with the AFL-CIO and is a member of the Quinault Tribe, Cecile A. Hanson, the Duwamish Tribal Chairwoman where she continues to lead the battle to get federal recognition for the Duwamish Tribe, Marina TurningRobe, CEO & Principal Partner of Sister Sky.
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Sherry Barry is the Tribal Liaison of Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers and a member of the Quinault Indian Nation. As a single mother, she joined the Laborer’s Local 252 apprenticeship program and became a journey-level construction craft laborer. She encourages tribal members to take advantage of the good pay and benefits in the construction industry.

Jonetta Everano is the owner and president of Phoenix Enterprises, and a member of the Umatilla Tribe. Phoenix Enterprises provides construction services, environmental remediation, demolition, and excavation site work. Located in Richland, WA, the firm provides employment to tribe members and non-tribal members in the rural community.

Lisa Telford is a nationally renowned basket weaver artist and member of the Haida Nation. Her work is permanently displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the Portland Art Museum; the Burke Museum in Seattle; the Ford Museum, Williamette University, Oregon; and the Hurd Museum, Phoenix, AZ. Ms. Telford recently received the Native Creative Arts Foundation Award. She works as a job developer for Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) in Seattle.


U.S. Senate Fails to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement after the Senate's failure to invoke cloture (by margin of 58 to 41) on S. 3772 - the Paycheck Fairness Act:

"I am deeply disappointed that the Senate did not pass this important piece of legislation today. But, the issue of pay equity is far too important to give up. I remain committed to the fight for this commonsense reform, and my department will redouble its efforts to ensure America's women are not treated as second class citizens by employers who refuse to compensate them in a fair and equitable manner."

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Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay

On October 14, Governor Pat Quinn,declared the day as "Lilly Ledbetter Day" in Illinois at a conference, "Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay" Cosponsored by Region V Women's Bureau, the Illinois Department of Human Rights , Department of Labor, the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues and the Women's Advisory Council of City Chicago.

Over 200 women and men joined the Governor and Attorney General Lisa Madigan to honor Lilly Ledbetter and her fight for equal pay which led to the "Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act" protecting all working women.


MANA de NYC’s Annual Black & White Gala

Picture of Women’s Bureau Director, Sara Manzano-Díaz speaking at the MANA de NYC’s Annual Black & White Gala.

On Wednesday, September 23, 2010, Women’s Bureau Director, Sara Manzano-Díaz & staff from the Women’s Bureau Region 2 office attended MANA de NYC’s Annual Black & White Gala. Sara Manzano-Díaz, who delivered the event’s keynote address, spoke about her path to becoming the director of the Women’s Bureau. In her speech, Manzano-Díaz credited family support, education, the role of mentorship and perseverance as keys to her personal and professional successes.

As one of the pillars of the Secretary’s Vision of “Good Jobs for Everyone,” the Women’s Bureau helps to prepare women workers for good jobs. One of the ways the Women’s Bureau accomplishes this goal is by supporting mentorship programs for women, as mentorship is recognized as a key to career success. The gala raised awareness of MANA’s HERMANITAS program, a mentorship program for young Latinas.

Picture from the MANA de NYC’s Annual Black & White Gala Event.

The HERMANITAS program is designed to help adolescents excel academically, improve their self-confidence, raise expectations, and realize their potential. The HERMANITAS program is a collaborative effort between MANA, the families of the mentees, schools, the community and other organizations. This year’s mentorship theme “To Greater Heights…” focused on the importance of mentorship, empowerment, and community and youth development. The Women’s Bureau believes that tailored mentorship programs for women help increase their incomes and narrow wage and income inequality.


National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility Kicks off In Dallas

Picture of the Flexibility Forum in Dallas.

Secretary Solis fired up a crowd of nearly 300 during her keynote address to the Women's Bureau's National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday. The event — the first in a series of ten, brought together employers, employees, advocates, researchers, educators, unions and other stakeholders to discuss making flexibility work and to share best practices. Following remarks by Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Diaz, and Executive Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Tina Tchen, expert panelists discussed flexibility challenges and solutions for small business. Later in the day, Solis visited the Dallas regional office where she had the opportunity to meet with staff one-on-one and was surprised by a birthday celebration.


Solis and Ledbetter on Pay Equity

Solis and Ledbetter on Pay Equity

On Tuesday, September 21 nearly 1,500 online viewers tuned to Secretary Solis and pay equity advocate Lilly Ledbetter for a live webcast discussion on equal pay and working families. Ledbetter shared her personal story for justice, stating that the journey began with an anonymous note that included her name, the names of two male colleagues and their respective salaries. It was that startling disparity in wages that set Lilly into motion. Secretary Solis praised Ledbetter for her courage and the headway she has made in the fight for equal pay for equal work. Solis also took the opportunity to emphasize the need for the Paycheck Fairness Act that is currently awaiting passage in the U.S. Senate.


Different and Equal in the 21st Century Workplace

From left: Joan Williams, Professor of Law, Hastings college; Valerie Rawlston Wilson, Senior Vice President for Research, National Urban League; Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Diaz; Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research; and Sonya Michel, Director, United States Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In recognition its 90th Anniversary, DOL's Women's Bureau, in collaboration with the United States Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, hosted a symposium on September 14. "Different and Equal in the 21st Century Workplace" brought together key leaders for a stimulating discussion on options that allow women to better balance workplace and family demands and ensure their economic security. Moderated by Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz, the symposium featured Sonya Michel, director, United States Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Joan Williams, professor of law, Hastings College; Heidi Hartmann, president, Institute for Women's Policy Research; and Valerie Rawlston Wilson, senior vice president for research, National Urban League.


Women and the Workforce, a Labor Day Reflection

Pictured from left to right: Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz and First Lady Michelle Obama

It has been more than 100 years since our nation celebrated the first Labor Day. And since that time work has changed, but more importantly, so has the makeup of our workforce. Nearly fifty percent of American workers are women. In many households nationwide, women are sharing the role of breadwinner and in some cases they are the sole provider. Yet, with all the strides women have made in the labor force, one thing has remained unchanged—workplace inequalities.

On average a woman earns 83 cents for every dollar earned by a man—and for women of color and with disabilities, the gap is even greater. In addition to unequal pay, many women still remain concentrated in traditionally lower-paying jobs despite the fact that women hold the majority of post-secondary degrees in this country. I have no doubt that our nation’s economic prosperity is dependant upon resolving these injustices.

However, I am proud to say that in its 90 year history the Women’s Bureau has a proven record of breaking down barriers standing in the way of equitable workplaces. And as Director of the Women’s Bureau I plan to continue this legacy with my vision to empower working women to achieve economic security during their lifespan and into retirement. To achieve this goal we are currently focusing the agency’s efforts on four priority areas: equal pay, workplace flexibility, higher-paying jobs for women, and supporting homeless women veterans.

But this is not enough. To ensure that all working women have the fair working environments they deserve it will take more than the efforts of one federal agency. This Labor Day, I ask that all employers make a commitment to eliminate inequitable policies and other obstacles standing in the way of women’s rights to fair labor standards.

Sara Manzano-Diaz is the Director of the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau.

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Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz Celebrates Women's Equality Day

Ninety years ago marked two important milestones for women; the creation of the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving American women the right to vote. The Women’s Bureau was created to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare and improve the working conditions of wage-earning women. Today, August 26, the Bureau joins the nation in observing Women’s Equality Day, celebrating the women’s right to vote.

Voting is an important part of our responsibilities as citizens. Let us continue to show our appreciation for the sacrifices of the women who came before us, whose shoulders our opportunities rest on, by actively participating, not only in voting, but in the great public policy debates of our country. We must remember the women who worked tirelessly for decades to make this historic achievement possible. They used a variety of tactics to get the Amendment ratified, including forming suffrage associations, attempting to vote and getting arrested, marching up 5th Avenue in New York and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, and picketing the White House.

The importance of exercising the right to vote—to have a voice in choosing elected representatives and through them making important decisions that will affect our future – cannot be overstated. Women must share the message with their sisters, daughters, friends and mentees about how important voting is to our country and to furthering the progress of women, both young and old. We need only look around the world for examples of young women who are courageously fighting for their right to democratically elect representatives of their own choosing. We must not only treasure our right to vote, but make use of it and ensure that our voices are heard.

The Women’s Bureau will continue advocating for women’s issues, especially that of equality, and implore all eligible women to exercise their right to vote.

SU VOTO ES SU VOZ
YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE



A Stand-down and Mini-Retreat for Women Veterans: A free event for all Women Veterans and their families

A Stand-down and Mini-Retreat for Women Veterans event will be held on the grounds of Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, October 23rd. The event takes a proactive approach to preventing homelessness in women veterans by providing a central venue whereby women veterans can obtain information about and gain access to needed services.


Flexibility: Policy, Practice, and Impact

Pictured form left to right: Women's Bureau (WB) Director Sara Manzano-Diaz and Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Kathy Martinez

A Memorandum of Agreement to expand and promote the use of flexible workplace strategies was signed by Women's Bureau (WB) Director Sara Manzano-Diaz and Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Kathy Martinez on Monday. In Fall 2010, the WB and the ODEP will jointly organize and host a one-day workplace flexibility roundtable titled Universal Flexibility for All: Policy, Practice, and Impact. The forum will be an opportunity for the two agencies to discuss best practices with federal and state agencies, disability organizations, nonprofit organizations and the private sector. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks.


Women’s Bureau Initiatives on Work-life Balance & Equal Pay Announced at the White House

On Tuesday, July 20, Vice President Joe Biden held a Middle Class Task Force event at the White House to announce initiatives and developments in the areas of equal pay and work-life balance – two of the Women’s Bureau’s four priority issues. The White House and government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Labor (DOL), announced several new programs and collaborative, cross-agency efforts. One key collaborative effort is the Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force recently created by the President and designed to improve interagency coordination and enforcement efforts for maximum effectiveness.

In addition, as part of the Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts to promote and improve business practices and policies that provide greater work-life balance and workplace flexibility, Secretary Solis announced the Women’s Bureau’s National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility will kick off this fall.


Roundtable Discussion

Group photo from the roundtable discussion held on May 27th 2010.

On May 27th, Region II of the Women’s Bureau held a meet-and-greet, roundtable discussion for Director Sara Manzano-Díaz, the 16th director of the Women’s Bureau. The diverse representation at the meeting included community-based organizations, academic institutions, research organizations, and leaders in the African-American, Asian, and Hispanic communities. The 27 participants created a rich discussion as they shared key points about the populations of women they work with and the concerns and issues faced daily by women. The conversation offered suggestions toward how the Women’s Bureau could add support considering Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’ vision of “Good Jobs for Everyone” and the focus areas of the Bureau. The roundtable discussion came on the heels of several other local site meetings by Director Manzano-Díaz, accompanied by Regional Administrator, Grace Protos. Manzano-Díaz and Protos visited the region’s Green Jobs training program, B.E.S.T. Eco, at Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx). The Director met with female participants and graduates of SSBx’s training program on building and maintaining green rooftops. Graduates discussed the challenges they face in attending the program, including childcare and transportation issues, as well as the positive aspects of the opportunity to be a part of this innovative training program. Regional Administrator Protos noted that “having Director Manzano-Díaz meet with real people to hear their stories and understand their challenges is important to understanding how the Women’s Bureau can help.”


Her Story a Hit in Chicago

Photo of Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz addressing the audience.

Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Diaz hosted a “Women Working Together, writing the next chapter of ‘herSTORY’” mentoring and networking conference for hundreds of women and girls in Chicago last week. Joining Manzano-Diaz was U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Rainbow Push Coalition Chairperson Emeritus Rev. Willie Barrow, Bernarda Wong, Dr. Carol Gill, and Elizabeth Ortiz. “The event was a wonderful opportunity to share and encourage more intergenerational dialogue and mentorship,” said Manzano-Diaz. “It was a distinct honor to host this conference and have these very accomplished women share their stories, and encourage women of diversity to break barriers and build better lives.”


Women’s Bureau Director Meets Atlanta’s Women Leaders

Explaining that “our mission is to help working women achieve their goals,” Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz convened a roundtable discussion this week with prominent Atlanta women leaders that focused on research and policy initiatives. Keeping with the theme of helping women develop economic security, she also met with participants in the Atlanta region’s “Women Going Green” project that is assisting unemployed women in becoming green business owners. While in town, Manzano-Díaz was honored at Spelman College’s Leadership and Women of Color Conference, where she spoke about her own background, the importance of pay equity and breaking down barriers that women face in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) occupations.


Working for Working Women

Photo of Secretary Solis, Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz and others.Job creation, fair treatment and job quality were the topics of discussion at DOL Monday afternoon as Secretary Solis and Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz sat down with representatives from national women’s organizations. According to the latest statistics, women are the lead breadwinners in two-thirds of households and the sole breadwinner in forty percent of homes, yet their wages remain twenty percent lower than their male counterparts. Secretary Solis stated her commitment to dispelling the misconception that “women’s wages are just a bonus to the household,” and underscored this administration’s support of the Paycheck Fairness Act. The heads of several DOL agencies were also in attendance to shed light on current department initiatives, as well as learn what they can do to continue to strengthen the rights of women in the workforce.


California Women’s Groups Welcome Sara Manzano-Diaz during her first official visit.

Photographer: Pico VanHoutryve 

On her first state visit as head of the Women’s Bureau, Director Sara Manzano-Díaz met with advocates and women’s groups from California.

On February 11, 2010, Sara Manzano-Diaz was confirmed as the 16th Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau and soon afterwards, she was on the road learning first hand about women’s lives and issues in California. Her first stop was in Sacramento where she accompanied Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to American River College for a tour and listening session at their state-of-the-art Allied Health program. Her next stop was the Sacramento Convention Center where she participated in the Annual Policy Summit of the California Center for Research on Women and Families. More than 400 participants gathered to get updates about policies and programs that impact California’s families. Her final stop that day was an event hosted by the California Commission on the Status of Women and supported by the California Center for Research on Women & Families and the Labor Project for Working Families. Representatives from local and state advocacy groups welcomed her as the new Director and provided her practical suggestions for her three year work plan.

 

Photographer: Pico VanHoutryve 

Newly-confirmed Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Díaz (second from right) meets with DOL officials and California women’s advocates (left to right) Mary Wiberg, Director California Commission on the Status of Women; Pat Shiu, Director of DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; Jenny Erwin, Women’s Bureau Region IX Regional Administrator; and Elaine Suranie, Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

“We are so pleased to finally get our Director on board and honored that her first visit could be in our region,” declared Jenny Erwin, Women’s Bureau Region IX Administrator. “We look forward to supporting DOL’s effort to provide Good Jobs for Everyone and working to implement the Director’s vision of economic empowerment for working women.”


WB Chats on Strategic Plan

On Thursday, April 15, Sara Manzano-Díaz, Director of Department’s Women’s Bureau (WB) held a live chat with stakeholders to help shape the DOL Strategic Plan for WB. “This is an important process for our agency, and we need the public's help in shaping our agenda to meet the needs of working women today and in the future,” said Manzano-Díaz. Several of the ideas presented during the chat will be used to collaborate with federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, service providers and others. The ultimate goal? Promote policies, provide technical assistance and conduct outreach activities that will prepare women for good jobs, ensure fair compensation, and assure fair and high quality work-life environments.


National Equal Pay Day


Dollars and Cents Add Up for Women’s Bureau Wi$eup Entrepreneur

Photo of Esther FernandezEsther Fernandez of Massachusetts has not only gained control over her finances, but also started a real estate investment company. She credits her success to the knowledge and savvy gained from the Wi$eUp financial education program funded by the Women’s Bureau.

Fernandez, a divorced mother of two, took courses in financial planning, investing, and entrepreneurship which she said gave her renewed confidence in her abilities and helped her set and reach goals of financial independence and starting a business. She also offers advice to help distressed homeowners who face financial problems with their lenders.

“Before I was fearful about financial challenges I faced,” Fernandez said, “but the Wi$eup program motivated me, gave me confidence, and allows me to help others.” Find out more about the Wi$eUp financial education project.


WB Working For You

Photo of Theresa SuttonBeing 7,000 miles from home while deployed in Iraq didn't deter staff sergeant Theresa Sutton from learning online about managing her finances. She took full advantage of the Wi$eup program, funded by the Department's Women's Bureau.

The 40 year old supply specialist and mother of three said she "was tired of living from paycheck to paycheck." So while deployed at the base, she took Wi$eup courses in budgeting and savings which lead to a percentage of her pay being invested monthly in a Thrift Savings Plan. Now back home in Texas, she also uses her financial knowledge to help families whose loved ones are deployed abroad.

"I didn't know anything about savings until the Wi$eup program," Sutton said. The program "made me realize how important savings are to me and my family."


Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act


National Council of Negro Women

WB Deputy Director Latifa Lyles
WB Deputy Director Latifa Lyles

Earlier this week, Secretary Solis and Deputy Director of the Women’s Bureau Latifa Lyles delivered remarks at the 54th National Convention of the National Council of Negro Women. “You must know that I am a product of the women’s movement…the social justice movement…and the civil rights movement. All of these experiences and lessons have shaped me and my goal for the Department of Labor: a good job for everyone,” Solis said.


International Women’s Day Reception

Read the Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the International Women's Day Reception held March 8, 2010. You can also view the video.


WB Hosts Delegation in Celebration of International Women’s Day

Last week, the Department’s Women’s Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Diaz hosted an international delegation of women attorneys, judges, and academics to discuss women and justice issues. The distinguished group came from across the globe — Algeria, Cape Verde, Germany, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, the People’s Republic of China, Rwanda, and Turkey — to share and learn about the status of women’s lives. Manzano-Diaz led a spirited exchange on the Women’s Bureau’s vision to empower all working women to achieve economic security, with the visitors sharing stories about conditions for women in their countries. Topics varied, including violence against women, age and gender discrimination, microcredit, and maternity and family leave; yet the commonality of issues was clear to all, and the women discussed possible solutions.


Regional Events

Region V, City of Chicago Advisory Council on Women

Picture of the August 26th event in Chicago.

Over 120 people joined the Region V Women’s Bureau, City of Chicago Advisory Council on Women, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Department of Labor to celebrate the Women’s Equality Day and the 90th Anniversary of the Women's Bureau on August 26 in Chicago. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn spoke at the event and proclaimed the day as Women’s Equality Day in Illinois.

The program also highlighted important milestones in women’s history in our nation-the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the creation of the Women’s Bureau and the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, Rosie the Riveter during WWII, the Equal Rights Amendment; and the passage of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act.



Picture of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's 93 year old mother, Eileen Quinn, who was born before women had the right to vote.

The governor’s 93 year old mother, Eileen Quinn, who was born before women had the right to vote, also attended the program.


Women Vets @ Work Jobs Summit

The Department’s Women’s Bureau, Region III, united with public, private, nonprofit and faith-based organizations to hold the “Women Vets @ Work Jobs Summit and Resource Fair” last week in Washington, D.C. The day-long event focused on connecting unemployed or under-employed women veterans to prospective employers and service providers. Fifty women veterans participated. Many women veterans stopped to thank the Women’s Bureau for holding an event designed for them. “Thanks for not looking at us as if we’re invisible,” one of the participants noted. While another woman veteran added, “Thank you for providing this job fair for women veterans. Some of us did not know this information was available.”


Oregon Women in Trade Careers

Picture of graduates from the pre-apprenticeship program.
Picture of graduates from the pre-apprenticeship program.

These women are preparing for green jobs through Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc’s (OTI) pre-apprenticeship program for women, funded in part by Women’s Bureau WANTO (Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations) grant and Women’s Bureau Green Jobs funding.


Vermont's "Women's Economic Opportunity Conference"

Pictured from left to right are Marcelle Leahy, wife of Senator Leahy, Lilly Ledbetter, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Jeanne Hulit, SBA Regional Administrator, and Jacqueline Cooke, Women's Bureau Regional Administrator.
Pictured from left to right are Marcelle Leahy, wife of Senator Leahy, Lilly Ledbetter, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Jeanne Hulit, SBA Regional Administrator, and Jacqueline Cooke, Women's Bureau Regional Administrator.

The Women's Bureau was a key sponsor of Vermont's "Women's Economic Opportunity Conference" presented by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and featured special keynote speaker, Lilly Ledbetter at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. -- read more --


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Secretary Solis Blogs

Read Secretary Solis’ comments in the White House Blog on “The Values Behind International Women’s Day!”