Updated: Aug 20, 2021
The United States Department of Labor today announced the commencement of a national online discussion to collect ideas for improving labor outcomes for women, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged. The discussion will last through July 9th.
The dialogue and input received will help identify strategies for dismantling the systemic barriers to employment and participation in workforce services that women face, according to the department's Women’s Bureau,Office of Disability Employment Policy, Employment and Training Administration, Wage and Hour Division and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
The dialogue’s themes will include:
Ensuring equity in the American Jobs Plan.
Promoting gender equity in the workplace.
Ensuring equitable access to paid leave.
Creating safe and welcoming workplaces.
Adapting to a changing labor market.
“Women’s economic empowerment is central to realizing women’s rights and gender equality. These dialogues seek to understand the barriers that continue to limit the full participation of women in the workplace,” said Women’s Bureau Director Wendy Chun-Hoon. “At the same time, we want to determine how best to provide resources we know lift up women workers and create a more equitable economy. We appreciate our stakeholders weighing in on these important issues.”
The discussion will also aid in the development of future initiatives and funding opportunities that address the needs of women from all backgrounds. It supports President Biden's Executive Order 14020., which established a government-wide priority on gender justice and equality.