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by Caitlin Cater on October 24, 2016
On Sept. 27, the Women’s Bureau hosted its second annual Paid Family and Medical Leave Findings Symposium. Researchers, policymakers, and advocates from around the country gathered to discuss new research related to paid family and medical leave in the United States.
by Latifa Lyles and Robin Runge on October 14, 2016
During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’re given an opportunity to remember those we have lost to domestic violence, as well as recognize efforts to end it.
What We’ve Learned from the Paid Leave Grant Program
by Pronita Gupta on August 9, 2016
In 2014, the Women’s Bureau launched a Paid Leave Analysis Grant Program to support and accelerate the movement for paid leave in our country.
Massachusetts: Leading the Way on Equal Pay
by Jackie Cooke on August 4, 2016
This was truly a historic week in Massachusetts. After decades of work and coalition building, the state legislature unanimously passed the strongest equal pay law in the country.
Improving Retirement Security through Innovation
by Sharon Block and Latifa Lyles on July 27, 2016
Retirement security is essential to ensuring American workers’ long-term economic prosperity, but retirement savings have not kept pace with the nation’s aging population and other economic and demographic changes.
by Latifa Lyles on June 10, 2016
It’s important to remember that these actions don’t just matter for working women − they ultimately make a tremendous difference to the families they support and to our economy.
by Pronita Gupta on March 31, 2016
With so many women making history today, it is critical to honor the trailblazers who made their success possible.
by Joan Farrelly-Harrigan on February 26, 2016
As Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month begins, it’s a good time to take a look at the progress we’ve made toward equality in the workplace for black women and the challenges they still face.
Expanded Opportunities for Women in Combat Roles Strengthen Armed Forces
by Liz Wing on February 2, 2016
At the Women’s Bureau, we work to level the playing field for all women in the labor force, which often means expanding job opportunities for women.
#ApprenticeshipWorks for Women
by Connie Ashbrook November 5, 2015
The Women’s Bureau recognizes that there are many women with the desire and aptitude to pursue careers in fields where they have traditionally been under represented.
Workplace Flexibility: Good For You and Your Employees
by Latifa Lyles and Erin Andrew October 29, 2015
Small business owners know that things don’t always go as planned, and the same is true for their employees.
Celebrating Hispanic Women in the Labor Force
by Michelle Vaca October 6, 2015
For nearly 50 years, Sept. 15th has marked the beginning of a national celebration of Hispanic heritage in the United States.
What ADA Means to Women: Dismantling Barriers to Inspire a Brighter Future
by Kelly Jenkins-Pultz August 7, 2015
The Women’s Bureau held a “Women and the Americans with Disabilities Act” webinar highlighting issues women with disabilities face in the workplace.
95 Years of Working for Women: A Brief History of the Women’s Bureau
by Jane Walstedt July 1, 2015
This summer marks the 95th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, where I have worked since 1974.
Hold the Flowers: 3 Mother’s Day Messages that Matter
by Latifa Lyles May 7, 2015
On Mother’s Day, we buy flowers and cards to show our mothers how much we care. But there are other ways we can value the mothers in our lives. Here are three messages you probably won’t find in any greeting cards but would mean a lot to working moms.
It's Time for Equal Pay Now
by Latifa Lyles April 13, 2015
Although women make up nearly half of the workforce, they still earn just 78 percent of a man's earnings…
Women in the Past, Present and Future of Labor
by Latifa Lyles March 30, 2015
When Frances Perkins stepped into her role as labor secretary in 1933, she was the first woman in the United States to hold a Cabinet secretary position.
Celebrating International Women’s Day
by Latifa Lyles March 8, 2015
March 8th is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Make it Happen.
Four Ways the ACA Helps Working Women
by Latifa Lyles January 10, 2015
Typical workplace culture and policies have not adjusted to modern realities, including the fact that in most households with children, both parents work outside the home and most women work while they are pregnant.
Easing Labor Pains
by Latifa Lyles December 2, 2014
Speaking at the White House Summit on Working Families in June, President Obama remarked: “Twenty-first century families deserve twenty-first-century workplaces.
Five Facts about Women Veterans
by Latifa Lyles November 22, 2014
Military Family Month affords Americans the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices that women and men who proudly serve our great country make, both on the battlefield and at home.
The Elephant at the Roundtable
by Latifa Lyles October 31, 2014
Enabling more women to work through improved access to child care can also help mitigate the gender wage gap for lifetime earnings.
Domestic Violence Doesn’t Always Stay at Home
by Latifa Lyles October 23, 2014
Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act.
In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories
by Latifa Lyles September 24, 2014
Today, more than 30 million of America’s working families have young children, and more than 25 million workers provide unpaid care for elderly relatives and loved ones every year.
Let’s Talk About Pay
by Patricai A. Shiu and Latifa Lyles September 17, 2014
By signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in January 2009, President Obama made it clear that fair pay and gender equality are top priorities for his administration.
A Woman’s Place – in Tech
by Latifa Lyles September 16, 2014
IT jobs may be good for women. They often pay much higher than average wages.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Fair Treatment Under the Law
by Latifa Lyles August 12, 2014
This is the first blog post in “Working Families, a Reality Series” by Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles exploring issues that affect women and families in the 21st-century workplace.
Let’s Talk About Work
by Latifa Lyles April 21, 2014
Today’s working families look a lot different from those of the past. For example, an increasing number of workers are finding it necessary to take care of both their children and their aging parents.
Recognizing Innovative Women
by Latifa Lyles on March 24, 2014
Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and author whose work sparked a new conscientiousness about the environment, and was influential in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Unbought and Unbossed
by Latifa Lyles on February 23, 2014
Too few know enough about Shirley Chisholm - the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress and the first African-American major-party candidate for president of the United States.