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Women's Bureau

WB Updates September 2019 |
Issue IV
U.S. Department of Labor Awards Nearly
$1.5 Million to Increase Apprenticeship
Participation, Expand Job Opportunities for
American Women
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The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $1.5 million in Women in Apprenticeship
and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grants to help recruit, train, and retain more
women in quality apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The funding to Chicago
Women in Trades, Hampton Roads Workforce Council, and Wisconsin Regional Training
Partnership, Inc. will help women pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure,
cybersecurity, health care, and other industries. For more, see the news release and
our WANTO page.

Breaking Down Barriers for Women in
Workforce (Op-ed by Women's Bureau
Acting Director Erica C. Wright, Published
in Lancaster Online)
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On Labor Day, we celebrated what the American dream is truly about — dignity of work and
the liberty to pursue happiness. We also celebrated the contributions that America’s
workforce has made toward the growth and prosperity of our nation... To maintain this path
of success, we must continue growing and expanding opportunities for women. One solution
is to reduce occupational licensing barriers — particularly for military spouses, 92% of whom
are women.
Read the full op-ed.

September 10, 2019 - Webinar: Improving
Women's Financial Security
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Women face challenges to their financial security due to factors such as taking time out of the
workforce to care for family and living longer in retirement. Military spouses face additional
challenges, such as frequent moves (including overseas locations) that can make finding
employment and building a career di icult. On September 10 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Time, the Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration will host a webcast
highlighting steps women can take to improve their financial security, featuring presenters
from the Department's Women's Bureau and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service,
and the Social Security Administration. Click here to learn more and register.

Acting Director Wright speaks to the
National Association of Commissions for
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On July 24, Women's Bureau Acting Director Erica C. Wright delivered the keynote address at
the Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit of the National Association of Commissions for
Women. Wright highlighted the close relationship between the Commissions for Women and

the Women's Bureau throughout its 99-year history and emphasized the importance of
collaboration on current priority issues such as occupational licensing reform.

Women's Bureau Regional Administrator
Jacqueline Cooke Retires
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Jacqueline Cooke, Regional Administrator for Region I, retired a er 24 years of service on July
6. During her tenure she developed programs and demonstration projects in partnership with
educational institutions, employers, labor and community-based organizations on issues of
concern to working women including apprenticeship, nontraditional careers, and child care.
In 2017, Jacqueline was awarded the Philip Arnow Award for her exceptional long standing
commitment to the Department of Labor and its mission to serve and impact American

Celebrating the 99th Anniversary of the
Nineteenth Amendment
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August 26, Women's Equality Day, marked the 99th Anniversary of the adoption of the
Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. As we celebrate the centennial
anniversaries of both the Women's Bureau and the Nineteenth Amendment next year, be sure
to check out the programs and events organized by the 2020 Women's Vote Centennial
Initiative. Also note the exhibits currently on display at the National Archives Museum and
the Library of Congress.

Women's Bureau Announces Launch of
Newly Redesigned Website

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The Women’s Bureau has launched a newly redesigned website. Committed to being the
most reliable source of data and information on women in the workforce, we encourage you
to visit and explore our new homepage, discover the full spectrum of data and statistics, as
well as resources for your use, including our brand new Meetings in a Box on Women’s
Bureau, apprenticeships, child care, and military spouses. We will continue to expand our
resources and deliver the most updated and relevant information. To receive our
newsletter, sign up here.

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule
Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for
Religious Organizations
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The Department of Labor's O ice of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently
announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to clarify civil rights protections for religious
organizations. Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted by September 16, 2019.

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