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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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