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Women's Bureau Resources Page


Here you will find a broad range of resources for women in the labor force produced by or in collaboration with the Women's Bureau. This page is updated regularly; sign up to receive e-mail alerts when new or updated content is available.*

Featured Resources


Equal Pay and Pay Transparency Protections

This map provides information on federal and state-level equal pay and pay transparency protections for workers.

Women Build, Protect, and Move America

Use this site to find information and resources to help women access higher-paying careers in transportation, construction and protective services.

Working Women's Clearinghouse

This is a central, comprehensive and searchable repository of Department of Labor resources, tools, and publications of interest to working women.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Rights

This map provides information on employment protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing, both at the federal and state levels.

Equal Pay


EQUAL PAY AND PAY TRANSPARENCY PROTECTIONS MAP

This map provides information on federal and state-level equal pay and pay transparency protections for workers.

BREAKING DOWN THE GENDER WAGE GAP (infographic)

This infographic looks at what the wage gap means, what has improved over the years and some of the things that need to change to eliminate the remaining 21 percent. (PDF)

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PAY SECRECY ISSUE BRIEF

Read about state-level pay secrecy laws and policies. (PDF)

GENDER PAY GAP ISSUE BRIEF

This issue brief, produced by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, highlights the different situations of the larger populations of women of color in the U.S. labor force. (PDF)

EQUAL PAY: GENDER DIFFERENCES ACROSS OCCUPATIONS (infographic)

This infographic shows how gender differences across occupations can affect the gender wage gap. (PDF)

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GUIDE TO WOMEN'S EQUAL PAY RIGHTS

This guide offers information about women's equal pay rights, and offers potential courses of action for those who may be experiencing compensation discrimination. (PDF)

GUIDE TO EQUAL PAY FOR EMPLOYERS

An employer's guide to equal pay, including major laws affecting equal pay and tips for reviewing pay practices. (PDF)

EMERGING STRATEGIES AND PROGRESS TOWARDS PAY EQUITY (webinar)

This webinar focuses on state and federal actions to eliminate pay secrecy and promoting pay equity through rule-making, legislation, and additional initiatives. Click here to view webinar slides. (PDF)

THE NEW MEXICO PAY EQUITY INITIATIVE

This paper discusses the rationale, policies, methodology and outcomes of the New Mexico Pay Equity Initiative and its future policy implications. (PDF)

Paid Leave


new 2014 PAID LEAVE ANALYSIS GRANTS FINDINGS

Part I of this report summarizes each of the 2014 grantees’ research projects and highlights their important findings. Part II identifies general lessons learned about what it takes to study, develop, and implement a state-level paid family and medical leave program.

new 2016 PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE FINDINGS SYMPOSIUM

This event provided an opportunity for advocates, policy makers, researchers and legislators to hear about new studies and to share lessons learned and promising practices related to paid family and medical leave policies in the United States.

new 2016 PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE FINDINGS SYMPOSIUM II

This event provided an opportunity for advocates, policy makers, researchers and legislators to hear about new studies and to share lessons learned and promising practices related to paid family and medical leave policies in the United States.

PAID LEAVE ANALYSIS GRANT PROGRAM PAGE

Learn about our Paid Leave Analysis Grant program, including results from our 2014 grantees and proposals from our 2015 grantees.

PAID LEAVE ANALYSIS GRANT PROGRAM: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently asked questions about DOL's Paid Leave Analysis Grant program.

2015 PAID LEAVE ANALYSIS GRANTS (webinar slides)

View a slide presentation explaining our 2015 Paid leave Analysis Grant program.

PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE FINDINGS SYMPOSIUM (video, part I)

(Part 1 of 2) In this video, our 2014 Paid Family and Medical Leave grantees present their research findings, followed by a discussions.

Click here to view the video

PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE FINDINGS SYMPOSIUM (video, part II)

(Part 2 of 2) In this video, DOL-funded researchers present their work, followed by a discussion of their findings, successes, and the future of paid family leave policies.

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PAID PARENTAL LEAVE IN THE UNITED STATES

This paper reviews research on the benefits of paid parental leave from the perspectives of individuals, families, employers, and the economy overall. (PDF)

CALIFORNIA'S PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW: LESSONS FROM THE FIRST DECADE

DOL's Chief Evaluation Office explores what we have learned in the first decade of California's paid family leave law and implications for future paid leave laws. (PDF)

ASSESSING RHODE ISLAND'S TEMPORARY CAREGIVER INSURANCE ACT

DOL's Chief Evaluation Office reports the results of an employer survey regarding the impact on businesses of Rhode Island's Temporary Caregiver Insurance law. (PDF)

PAID FAMILY LEAVE, FATHERS' LEAVE-TAKING, AND LEAVE-SHARING IN DUAL-EARNER HOUSEHOLDS

DOL's Chief Evaluation Office looks at the impact of paid leave legislation on fathers’ leavetaking, as well as on the division of leave between parents in two-earner households. (PDF)

THE COST OF DOING NOTHING

This report documents the impact of the lack of a paid leave law in the U.S., showing how its absence harms America’s workers, families, businesses and our nation as a whole. (PDF)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PAID LEAVE FACT SHEET

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the need for paid family leave. (PDF)

Occupations


WOMEN BUILD, PROTECT AND MOVE AMERICA PORTAL

Use this site to find information and resources to help women access higher-paying careers in transportation, construction and protective services.

JOBS FOR WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION (webinar)

This webinar discusses on federal highway funds that can be used to train women, people of color, and disadvantaged individuals in construction trades. Click here to view webinar slides.(PDF)

PAVING THE WAY FOR WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION (webinar)

This webinar focuses on improving women's representation in, preparation for, and access to good jobs in the construction industry. Click here to view webinar (YouTube)

LOW WAGES AND SCANT BENEFITS LEAVE MANY IN-HOME WORKERS UNABLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET

This paper examines in-home occupations and workers, including their hours worked, earnings, benefits, financial security.

OCCUPATIONAL SEGREGATION AND THE GENDER WAGE GAP: A JOB HALF DONE

This paper explores why progress on occupational integration has stalled over the past decades, as well as occupational segregation's implications for women's wages.

WHY GREEN IS YOUR COLOR: A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO A SUSTAINABLE CAREER

This guide is designed to aid in increasing women’s access to high-growth and emerging industry occupations in the green jobs sector nationwide.

WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION: NORTHWESTERN WOMEN MOVING AMERICA (webinar)

This webinar addresses current efforts to increase the breadth of apprenticeship opportunities and diversity of the apprenticeship workforce in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hear first-hand how apprenticeship has changed the lives of two women.

WOMEN & APPRENTICESHIP IN MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN (webinar)

This webinar addresses current efforts to increase the breadth of apprenticeship opportunities and diversity of the apprenticeship workforce in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hear first-hand how apprenticeship has changed the lives of two women. (WMV)

EQUITABLE EMPLOYMENT POLICIES AND PRACTICES TO HELP LOW-INCOME MOTHERS (webinar)

This webinar features a discussion on challenges to and solutions for increasing economic security for working mothers. (WMV) new

Older Women Workers


OLDER WOMEN WORKERS AND ECONOMIC SECURITY

This issue brief describes variations in women's earnings across age, race and ethnicity; the impact of caregiving responsibilities; and what can be done to tackle the gender wage gap. (PDF)

OLDER WOMEN AND WORK

This fact sheet summarizes data and research on older women workers, including educational attainment, occupations, barriers to work, and the need for workplace supports. (PDF)

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding


EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS WHO ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING (map)

This map provides information on employment protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing, both at the federal and state levels.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS FOR PREGNANT WORKERS (webinar)

This webinar focuses on pregnancy discrimination, including updated enforcement guidance and the enactment of several state- and city-level pregnancy fairness laws.

Click here to view webinar (YouTube)

Status of Working Women


50 YEARS LATER (infographic)

This infographic looks into the question: What has changed for working women since The President's Commission on the Status of Working Women? (PDF)

INCREASING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND IMPROVING WORKING CONDITIONS FOR WOMEN

This fact sheet provides information about U.S. Department of Labor initiatives to create and expand opportunites for women. (PDF)

WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY (SUMMIT SUMMARY)

This document offers highlights of the regional forums that the Women's Bureau convened around the country leading up to the June 23, 2014 White House Summit on Working Families. (PDF)

AMERICAN WOMEN: LOOKING BACK, MOVING AHEAD

This paper examines what has and has not changed in the 50 years since the President's Commission on the Status of Women Report. (PDF)

POLICY, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL CHANGE: FIFTY YEARS OF PROGRESS

This paper explores the impact of women’s educational gains on occupational choice and discusses the role of public policies in these educational advances. (PDF)

WOMEN AND WORK: 50 YEARS OF CHANGE SINCE THE AMERICAN WOMEN REPORT

This paper looks into what has changed for working women over the past 50 years in education, the workplace, and in family structures, and assesses relevant policy priorities. (PDF)

WOMEN, JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

This paper examines why an earnings gap persists despite women's better-than-ever educational attainment, with a particular focus on occupational segregation. (PDF)

RESEARCH ON THE STATUS ON WORKING WOMEN (AMERICAN WOMEN PAPER SERIES)

This is a compilation of 10 research papers, commissioned by the Women's Bureau, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women. (PDF)

Women of Color


WOMEN AND GIRLS OF COLOR: ADDRESSING CHALLENGES AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY

This White House report delves into the inequities and distinct challenges facing women of color, examines some of the efforts underway to close gaps in opportunities, and more. (PDF)

ADVANCING EQUITY FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS OF COLOR

This White House report highlights some of the initial steps taken by the Administration to address issues faced by women and girls of color. (PDF)

ECONOMIC STATUS OF WOMEN OF COLOR

This fact sheet highlights the different economic situations of the larger populations of women of color in the U.S. labor force. (PDF)

HISPANIC WOMEN IN THE LABOR FORCE (infographic)

This infographic provides a brief overview of the status of Hispanic Women in the labor force. (PDF)

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ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER WOMEN IN THE LABOR FORCE (infographic)

This infographic provides a brief overview of the status of Asian American & Pacific Islander Women in the labor force. (PDF)

BLACK WOMEN IN THE LABOR FORCE (infographic)

This infographic provides a brief overview of the status of black women in the labor force. (PDF)

Women with Disabilities


A GUIDE TO HIRING WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

This Fact Sheet provides information on working women with disabilities and shares the business case for hiring individuals with disabilities. (PDF)

KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF WORKING WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

This Issue Brief outlines the economic, employment, and educational characteristics of women with disabilities. (PDF)

WOMEN AND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT (webinar)

This webinar highlights DOL's efforts to address issues affecting working women with disabilities, and presents new research on disability and domestic violence services for women. (PDF)

Click here to view the webinar (YouTube)

Women Veterans


WOMEN VETERAN RESOURCES

This fact sheet provides information to help women veterans understand their rights and conncect to organizations providing assistance and services. (PDF)

WOMEN VETERANS PROFILE

This issue brief shows some of the lastest facts on women veterans in the workplace. (PDF)

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE FOR WOMEN VETERANS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

This is a guide for service providers that was created to address the psychological and mental health needs of women veterans.

Working Mothers/Families


WORKING MOTHERS (Issue Brief)

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This issue brief presents statistics and information on working mothers, highlighting their employment characteristics and the changing structure of families. (PDF)

WORKING MOTHERS IN THE U.S. (infographic)

This infographic provides a brief snapshot of the status of working mothers in the U.S. (PDF)

FIRST-TIME MOTHERS AT WORK: NOW AND THEN (infographic)

This infographic looks at how first-time mothers have changed their employment and leave patterns. (PDF)

THE NEXT FRONTIER: PREVENTING AND LITIGATING FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES DISCRIMINATION

This paper describes family responsibility discrimination (FRD), federal laws commonly used to litigate claims related to it, and steps than can be taken to prevent it. (PDF)

CHANGING FAMILIES, CHANGING WORK

This paper focuses on interactions between changing family structures and workplaces, and the resulting challenges and opportunities for families' economic security. (PDF)

Workplace Practices


WORKING WOMEN'S CLEARINGHOUSE

This is a central, comprehensive and searchable repository of Department of Labor resources, tools, and publications of interest to working women.

WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY

This issue brief outlines the business case in supporting flexible workplace policies, and highlights workplace flexibility options for small business owners to implement. (PDF)

WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY INITIATIVES

This issue brief provides a range of workplace flexibility options for small business owners to implement. (PDF)

TODAY’S SCHEDULES FOR TODAY’S WORKFORCE: HOURLY EMPLOYEES AND WORK-LIFE FIT

This paper explains how employers can accommodate flexible worker schedules, increase scheduling effectiveness and potentially reducing labor costs using "just-in-time" scheduling. (PDF)

*Disclaimer: Some of the content on this page comes from sources outside the federal government. The views expressed by non-federal speakers are their own or those of their organizations, and are not necessarily the views of the Women’s Bureau or the U.S. Department of Labor.