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Women’s Bureau Celebrates 97th Anniversary, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month

Celebrating 97 Years of Advocacy for Working Women

First created during World War I to study women’s employment during and after the war, the Women’s Bureau became a federal government fixture in 1920. 97 years later, the Bureau continues to advocate on behalf of working women. Click here to read the blog post by Women’s Bureau Program Analyst, Tracie Sanchez, on the history and work of the Bureau. 

Celebrating Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Remarkable Contributions to STEM

During May, the Bureau celebrated the culture, history, and achievements of the nearly 22 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our country. The Women’s Bureau took the opportunity to honor AAPI women that have made remarkable contributions to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM fields. Click here to read the blog by Women’s Bureau Economist, Michelle Vaca.  

Happy Mother’s Day

The Women’s Bureau work every day to support all women in the workforce, which certainly includes the hardworking mothers of our country. In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Bureau presented some noteworthy facts about American mothers in the workplace.  Click here to read the blog post by Women’s Bureau Senior Researcher, Christin Landivar. 

From the Ground Up

On March 23, 2017, the Women’s Bureau hosted a listening session with ‘9 to 5,’ a membership-based organization of low-income women. The purpose of the listening session was to provide grassroots low-wage women leaders from around the country the opportunity to share insight on important issues facing low-income women, such as caregiving and paid family leave.

Regional Spotlight

Promoting Diversity in the Workforce

Promoting Diversity in the Workforce

On June 2nd, the Women’s Bureau Region 9 office moderated a workshop entitled, “Improving Worksite Culture for a Diverse Workforce,” at the Women in Apprenticeship Training Institute in Oakland.  The program was sponsored by WANTO grantee Tradeswomen, Inc., and featured a day-long session to share strategies for recruiting and retaining women in apprenticeship.  The following week, Regional Administrator Kelly Jenkins-Pultz led a Women’s Leadership roundtable discussion in Phoenix, Arizona, that identified a number of ways women are leading change.  

Greensboro, North Carolina, Fair Employment Conference

The Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women hosted a Fair Employment conference on May 20, to educate attendees on what local, state and federal rights and protections they have in the workplace. The Women’s Bureau provided attendees information on the Equal Pay Act, FMLA, pregnancy and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and protections provided to workers under Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act.  The also shared other polices, practices, and legislation that have been passed in other states in their region that improve the working conditions and promote the welfare of wage earning women.

States Leading on Leave

The San Francisco Paid Leave Ordinance was the topic for discussion on June 9 at the Bureau’s “The Paid Leave Playbook:  Strategies for Success” program.  The Center for Work-Life Law, an invited guest, spoke about the value of lactation support for new moms while New America shared insights about the first six months of a baby’s life and the value of paid leave and flexibility to support family bonding during that time.  The event concluded with a panel of employers from Microsoft, Particle, Zazie Restaurant and LUCY illustrating tips for training managers and shaping workplace culture to drive utilization of leave, and leverage greater retention and productivity of the workforce through leave policy.  A recording of the event is available here.

Mothers & Daughters: Sharing Work Success Stories and Future Hopes

The Women’s Bureau Region I office organized and hosted “Mothers & Daughters: Sharing Work Success Stories and Future Hopes” at the Manchester, New Hampshire, city library on Saturday, May 13.  The program featured two panel presentations by working mothers, adult working daughters, and a Manchester West High School student and the Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year 2016 for the state of New Hampshire, all of whom spoke about their commitment to education, socially responsible businesses, family, and community service.  Women’s Bureau Regional Administrator Jacqueline Cooke spoke on one of the panels about the state’s occupational forecast of jobs in New Hampshire.

Mothers & Daughters: Sharing Work Success Stories and Future Hopes

New from Our Federal Partners

The Small Business Administration Explores the Impact of Women Owned Businesses

A new issue brief from the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy shows the major economic contribution of women-owned businesses. The report, "Women’s Business Ownership: Data from the 2012 Survey of Business Owners," uses the most recent Census Bureau data to create a highly detailed portrait of this group, including their role in minority business communities. Click here to read more.


New Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

The Federal Communications Commission recently announced its intent to establish a Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.  The Committee would make recommendations to the Commission on how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries, including as owners, suppliers, and employees. Click here for the full Federal Register notice.