Thursday, August 29, 2013

DOL's Women's Bureau and The Continuing Fight for Women's Rights in the Workplace

As America celebrates today Women’s Equality Day, a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country on an equal basis with men –, it is fitting to look into the role the Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau has played in the continous struggle of women
for equality and opportunity in the U.S. Workforce.

Since the publication of ”American Women,” the Women’s Bureau has continued to advocate for the nation’s working women. In the 1970s, the bureau threw its support behind the Equal Rights Amendment, which sought to guarantee equal rights for women. In 1984, the bureau launched a national initiative to educate the public about the Job Training Partnership Act and its potential to improve the economic status of women. In 1992, it joined the Employment and Training Administration in administering the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program, to assist employers and labor unions in placing and retaining women in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations. Read more:

In America today, there is still a long way to go before women are large enough part of the corporate leadership ranks to shift the cultural expectations of behavior, and debunk stereotypes.

As discriminatory practices and negative gender stereotyping continue to take their toll on women, the Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau – the only government agency whose mission is to advocate for the economic advancement of women – is more important than ever before. ( ) Many work on shop floors, in restaurants or in call centers. These women can’t afford to be judged on anything other than whether or not they get results. For these women, many who support their families as the sole breadwinner, our continuous demand for dignity and respect in their work lives is essential.

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