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Women's Bureau

WB Updates March 2020| Issue II

Women's Bureau and VETS Co-Host
"Women in Service: A Conversation with
Military Leaders on Blazing Trails in the
Armed Forces"

On February 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women's Bureau and
Veterans' Employment and Training Service hosted an event to celebrate African American
History Month and the Women’s Bureau Centennial: "Women in Service: A Conversation with
Four Military Leaders on Blazing Trails in the Armed Forces."
Moderated by Betty Moseley Brown, Ed.D. and joined by Major General Irene Trowell-Harris,
Ed.D., Command Master Chief Octavia Harris, and Command Sergeant Major Michele S.
Jones, the women veterans discussed their experiences leading in the military, as well as
ways we can help increase opportunities for women in all industries and occupations.
View the recording of the event.

White House Proclamation on Women's
History Month, 2020

March is Women's History Month!
"Women have influenced and advanced every facet of American life and culture. The
strength, ingenuity, and spirit of our female leaders, innovators, and pioneers shape our
Nation's character, government, industry, families, and communities. During Women's
History Month, we honor the women who have changed our Nation and the world, and we
rea irm our commitment to supporting the next generation of female trailblazers and
dreamers as they carry forward this distinguished legacy."
Read the full White House Proclamation on Women's History Month.

Hiring Our Heroes: A Collective E ort for
Military Spouses

On March 4, 2020, Women's Bureau Director Laurie Todd-Smith joined the Second Lady of the
United States Karen Pence in Tampa, Florida, for "A Collective E ort for Military Spouses," a
Hiring Our Heroes event. This event highlighted nationwide e orts to create workforce
development solutions that empower 21st-century military spouses. Dr. Todd-Smith
discussed e orts by the U.S. Department of Labor to improve employment opportunities for
military spouses.
"At the Department of Labor, we have been advocating for occupational licensing reform and
enhanced employment opportunities. The Women's Bureau held 10 listening sessions across
the United States last year to hear about the challenges military spouses are facing. We've
collaborated with the Veterans' Employment and Training Service and developed an
interactive map that shows all the di erent occupational licensing requirements in di erent
states should you be moving there."
Hiring Our Heroes also released the report "A Collective E ort for Military Spouses: Workforce
Development Solutions for the 21st Century Military Spouse."

Centennial Meeting in a Box

The Women's Bureau Centennial Meeting in a Box is a communication resource for our
stakeholders. The Women's Bureau Centennial Meeting in a Box includes a presentation slide
deck, talking points, and a "How to Participate" guide. It is a resource for you that provides
the necessary information to hold a meeting or give a presentation.
View the Centennial Meeting in a Box.

Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith Moderates Panel at
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's
Early Education Summit

On February 28, 2020, Women's Bureau Director Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith led a panel discussion
on child care and closing the skills gap at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Early
Education Summit. The purpose of the Summit was to discuss the impact of childcare
challenges on states' economies and the role of business in solving these challenges. At the
Summit, participants learned about the childcare challenges faced in Iowa, Idaho,
Mississippi, and Pennsylvania; heard new data on the economic impact of childcare;
networked with early education advocates and workforce leaders; and listened to panels of
Click here to learn more about the Summit and view the Summit recording.

Tell Us Your Story

We want to hear from you—tell us your story.
The Women's Bureau's "Our Purpose. Your Work." initiative presents working women of all
ages with the opportunity to share your work stories, touch on the future aspirations of
young women entering the workforce, and talk about how the Women’s Bureau has helped
advance your purpose. Throughout the Centennial, we will collect and share stories to learn
how the Women’s Bureau's resources and initiatives have made a di erence in your life, at
work and at home.
Tell us your story here.

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