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Title: U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau

U.S. Department of LaborWomen's Bureau
  • Promoting 21st Century solutions to improve the
    status of working women and their families

Fiscal Year 2008 Outlook
Strengthening the Family
  • The Women's Bureau was created by Congressional
    mandate in 1920. It is the only federal agency
    charged to advocate on behalf of women in the
  • The Bureaus mission is to improve the status of
    wage-earning women, improve their working
    conditions, increase their efficiency, and
    advance their opportunities for profitable
  • The Bureau designs and implements demonstration
    projects that employ high tech (Web sites,
    virtual conferences, and e-mentoring) and high
    touch (workshops, seminars, and one-on-one
    counseling) elements.
  • All Womens Bureau projects follow a strategic
    plan, achieve measurable results, and can be
    replicated by other organizations.

Better Jobs! Better Earnings! Better Living!
Strategic Goals
Working Women in Transition (WWIT)
  • Project Goal To connect women who are making a
    transition in their work lives with mentors,
    resources, and learning opportunities to enable
    them to
  • receive an increase in wages/salary or a
  • find employment or start a business
  • enter into post-secondary or graduate degree
    education or a certification or licensing
  • WWIT provides access to face-to-face and online
    mentors (e-mentoring), skill set analysis, job
    training, job search assistance, childcare,
    transportation, counseling, and work clothing.
  • Participants may remain enrolled in WWIT for two

University of Kentucky manages the Web site
This program has opened up so many doors
for me that I didnt think existed. WWIT
project participant, Texas
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New WWIT Project!
Native Trail The Womens Bureau is working with
Native American women in northern Arizona,
preserving their traditions and showcasing their
beautiful art and handicrafts so that they will
be economically self-sufficient.
  • Project Goal To provide financial education to
    Generations X and Y women so they will reduce
    their debt and increase their savings and/or
  • An online and classroom-based curriculum covers
    saving, credit, debt, insurance, investing, and
    retirement planning.
  • Over 80 financial experts answer questions via
    e-mail. The Ask the Experts archive is
    available online.
  • Speakers provide financial guidance on bi-monthly
    WieUp Teleconference Calls. Transcripts and
    audio recordings are available online.
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Business and
    Professional Women/USA, the American Institute of
    Certified Public Accountants, and the Financial
    Planning Association collaborate with the Womens
    Bureau to implement WieUp.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AM
University System manages the Web site

Women often have unique long-term financial
concerns. They generally receive lower pension
benefits than men due to their relatively lower
earnings, are more likely to work in part-time
jobs that dont qualify for a retirement plan,
and are also more likely to interrupt their
careers to take care of family members.
Why WieUp?
WieUp Replications
  • Collaborative relationships with community
    organizations such as a shelter for survivors of
    domestic violence and a program for girls aging
    out of foster care in Charleston, SC
  • Brown bag lunch series for university students in
  • Pre-release incarcerated women in Kansas City,
    MO Topeka, KS Gig Harbor WA and Dublin, CA
  • Employees receive Continuing Education Credits
    from their e-learning site in Texas

  • Organizations Offering WieUp
  • Job Corps centers career centers
  • Womens business centers
  • Adult education providers
  • Employers
  • Universities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Womens centers
  • Faith-based centers

Additional Financial Literacy Projects
  • WieUp for Native Women
  • The Womens Bureau collaborated with Native
    Public Media (NPM) to encourage Native women to
    learn about finances and saving for the future.
    NPM created five public service announcements
    using voices of Native women who participated in
    a WieUp class.
  • Building upon the NPM financial literacy outreach
    efforts, the Womens Bureau is offering WieUp
    classroom activities in career centers and tribal
    and community organizations within the NPM
    broadcast area. Financial information is shared
    using an approach that is culturally appropriate
    to the Native community.

WieUp on Wall Street In July 2008, the
Womens Bureau and the Financial Planning
Association hosted WieUp The Benefits of
Creating a Financially Savvy Employee, a
conference to outreach to companies headquartered
in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • Project Goal To encourage business owners to
    develop workplace flexibility policies and
    procedures, such as telecommuting, job sharing,
    and compressed work-weeks.
  • Corporate executives and workplace flexibility
    experts establish one-on-one mentoring
    relationships with business owners to teach them
    how to develop flexible work policies.
  • Best practices are shared online and via
    teleconference calls featuring experienced
    professionals and leaders in the flexible
    workplace field.

Women Entrepreneurs Inc. manages Web site
Flex in the City Conference On May 13, 2008,
the Womens Bureau and the City of Houston
Mayors Office hosted a conference to share
workplace flexibility practices and learn how to
promote flexible work options.
Women in Nanotechnology
Project Goal To help existing
college/university science programs increase the
number of women interested in the study of
National Outreach
  • Womens Bureau Electronic Newsletter
  • Launched in 2002, e-News informs the public
    about the Bureaus projects and activities.
  • Leadership Forums
  • From 2004 to 2007, the Womens Bureau held
    leadership forums in all 50 states, the District
    of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The forums brought
    together women leaders from faith-based
    organizations, chambers of commerce, corporate
    America, local industry, and state and local
    governments. Attendees learned how to replicate
    Womens Bureau demonstration projects. The Bureau
    has expanded outreach activities to promote

Building on the Past, Envisioning the Future
The Art of Womens Lives
  • On March 4-6, 2008, the Womens Bureau and Women
    Entrepreneurs Inc. hosted an event in Washington,
    DC in honor of Womens History Month.
  • Workshops
  • Women and Americas Changing Work Culture
  • The Workforce Dimension
  • Building a Stronger STEM Pipeline for Women
  • Women in Nanotechnology (WIN) Community
    Collaboration to Expand the Workforce Pipeline
  • Wising Up Financially A Multi-Generational
  • Workplace Flexibility Innovations Across Sectors
  • Evening Panel Reception featuring
  • Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore
    Symphony Orchestra
  • Ruth DeGolia, Executive Director of Mercado Global

International Outreach
  • Council of Women World Leaders Ministerial
    Fellows Exchange Program, 2006 - Womens Bureau
    Director Shinae Chun shared the Womens Bureaus
    expertise and best practices with women members
    of Parliament, ministers, the Tanzania Media
    Womens Association, and the Tanzania Gender
    Networking Program. She also visited the Maasai
    Women Development Organization (right).
  • International Visitors Briefings - Briefings for
    international dignitaries and women leaders are
    coordinated with the Department of State and the
    DOL Bureau of International Labor Affairs. From
    FY 2002-2007, the Womens Bureau briefed 800
    visitors from over 100 countries.

Past Projects
  • Better Jobs!
  • Employer-Driven Older Women Workers
  • Group E-Mentoring in Nursing (GEM-Nursing)
  • Girls E-Mentoring in Science, Engineering, and
    Technology (GEM-SET)
  • Ground Zero Initiative Building a Pipeline of
    Women for the Skilled Trades in Metropolitan New
    York (Construction Trades Prep)
  • Online Learning for Single Mothers
  • Women with Disabilities Entrepreneurship
  • Women's Museum - Women in Technology Project
  • Better Earnings!
  • Las Mujeres y el Dinero (Women and Money)
  • Neighborhood Networks
  • Women Managing Those Dollar

National Office Shinae Chun, Director Womens
Bureau U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution
Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20210 202.693.6710
Womens Bureau
Region VI Dallas Beverly Lyle, RA 972.850.4700
AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX Region VII Kansas
City Dorothy Witherspoon, RA 816.285.7233 IA, KS,
MO, and NE Region VIII Denver Frances
Jefferson, RA 303.844.1286 CO, MT, ND, SD, UT,
and WY Region IX San Francisco Jenny Erwin,
RA 415.625.2638 AZ, CA, Guam, HI, and NV Region
X Seattle Betty Lock, RA 206.553.1534 AK, ID,
OR, and WA
Region I Boston Jacqueline Cooke,
RA 617.565.1988 CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT
Region II New York Grace Protos,
RA 212.337.2389 NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, and Virgin
Islands Region III Philadelphia Lucia Bruce,
RA 215.861.4860 DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, and WV
Region IV Atlanta Paulette Lewis,
RA 404.562.2336 AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and
TN Region V Chicago Nancy Chen,
RA 312.353.6985 IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI
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