UNITED STATE OF WOMEN
Last week, the Women’s Bureau participated in the White House United State of Women Summit. The summit rallied 5,000 attendees from across the country to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward. President Obama and other administration officials, activists, and celebrities covered key gender equality issues, including economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and violence against women. Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles moderated the seminar “Get Fair Pay: How to Achieve Pay Equity” which brought together academics, business leaders, and advocates of fair pay. Click here for highlights and video of the summit. Read Director Latifa Lyles’ blog post about the Summit.
The U.S. Department of Labor hosted a Worker Voice Summit focused on the Power of Women’s Voices. The summit brought together advocates, workers and business leaders to discuss ways to improve the jobs and lives of working Americans. The Women’s Bureau organized breakout sessions on Pay Transparency and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Click here to read a recap of the event by Sharon Block, U.S. Department of Labor Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.
Check out our new and improved Working Women’s Clearinghouse. This searchable repository of federal resources, tools and publications of interest to women has a new look and feel and is more user friendly.
We have also added some new resources to our site, including the Overtime Infographic, which provides a snapshot of the new overtime rule and its impact on working women. It also includes a breakdown of how the rule impacts various demographic groups.The new rule will have particular impact on women, especially women of color, women with an associate degree or less, and single mothers. Higher shares of workers who are not currently overtime eligible in each of these groups are affected by the rule because they are more likely than other subgroups to have lower salaries that put them below the new threshold.
We also recently updated our Pay Secrecy Issue Brief that summarizes pay secrecy laws state-by-state.
NEW PUBLICATION ON WORKING MOTHERS
This Working Mothers Issue Brief presents statistics and information on working mothers. It highlights their employment characteristics, the changing structure of families, the poverty status of working mothers and their families, mothers as sole or primary earners, and unpaid caregiving and household responsibilities. The final section of the issue brief shares some policies and workplace supports for working parents and their families.
A few highlights:
- While mothers make important contributions to their family’s income in married-couple families, the percentage of mother-only families underscores mothers’ critical role as economic providers.
- Even when the mother worked full-time and year-round, 14.0 percent of mother-only families with children under age 18 were living in poverty.
- Many working parents lack access to even the most basic workplace supports, such as job-protected paid parental leave, earned sick days, or quality and affordable child care.
FINAL RULE ON SEX DISCRIMINATION
Women play a key role in the nation’s economy and in families’ economic security. Today, women make up nearly half of the labor force and are increasingly the primary and co-providers for their families. It is vital that women have equal access to jobs and fair treatment while on the job. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Labor is publishing new sex discrimination regulations that update – for the first time in over 40 years – the department’s interpretation of Executive Order 11246 to reflect the current state of the law and the reality of a modern and diverse workforce. Updated rules on workplace sex discrimination will mean clarity for federal contractors and subcontractors and equal opportunities for both men and women applying for jobs with, or already working for, these employers. Click here to read more.
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