U.S. DOL Hosting National Online Dialogue on Women and Work

The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a national dialogue on Women and Work: Reinvestment, Return, and Recovery. The purpose of the dialogue is to understand the barriers that limit the full participation of women in the workplace.

5 Discussion Topics

The national dialogue is open now through Friday, July 9, 2021. As of this writing, 38 comments have posted in total.

Creating safe and welcoming workplaces

The ability to thrive with respect at a workplace is critical to the improved economic outcomes of women, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups.

  • What barriers to achieving equitable workplaces exist?
  • What can employers, workers, and oversight agencies do to deter workplace discrimination and harassment?
  • What is needed to ensure that all workers feel safe asserting their rights in the workplace?
  • Are there examples of programs or initiatives that are effective?

Promoting gender equity in the workplace 

The pandemic has highlighted the challenges individuals face in balancing work and home responsibilities.

  • What supports do workers need in order to make work work?
  • What job features and supportive policies are necessary?
  • What role can employers play?
  • What role can government play?

Ensuring equitable access to paid leave  

Although cited as a key policy priority for working families, the United States is still one of the only industrialized nations that does not provide workers with guaranteed paid leave in order to care for themselves or a loved one. Multiple proposals are currently under discussion, with various components.

  • What protections are critical to ensure workers, particularly the most vulnerable, have access to and utilize the protections they need?
  • What can be done to ensure more equitable participation across gender, age, disability and socioeconomic status?
  • What type of outreach efforts are necessary so all workers are aware of the benefits available to them?

Adapting to a changing labor market

The pandemic accelerated changes to the labor market that were already underway (increased telework, automation and an app-based gig economy) and the subsequent response will likely lead to additional changes, particularly in the expansion of green jobs, infrastructure and technology. Many workers have lost jobs and face difficulties re-entering the labor market, particularly if they have been unemployed for an extended period of time or if their industry has been irrevocably changed.

  • What programs and supports will be needed to create opportunities for re-skilling and up-skilling, keep up with a changing labor market and allow women to access higher quality career paths?
  • In what ways should laws and enforcement evolve to fully protect women workers in a changing workplace?

Ensuring equity in the American Jobs Plan

The American Jobs Plan seeks to create opportunity pathways for workers by making investments in infrastructure, expanding green jobs and housing; remediating our schools and water systems and other industries the administration considers critical to our national interests.

  • What hurdles must be overcome in order to expand opportunities for women, as well as other historically disadvantaged groups, such as people of color and people with disabilities?
  • What enforcement and policy priorities need to be "baked into" policy proposals in order to ensure equity in access and outcomes?

Register to Participate

It's a unique opportunity to have your voice heard. Your input will help identify strategies to create better workplaces and a more equitable economy. Please share with your network!

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