Learn More about the Women and Work: Reinvestment, Return and Recovery National Online Dialogue

Why is this dialogue taking place?

President Biden has proposed extensive economic recovery and policy plans that cover a wide range of policy areas, including: lifting the economy out of the COVID recession; rebuilding our national infrastructure; securing affordable childcare for American families; creating a more expansive care economy that supports workers and families alike. In order to ensure an equitable and full recovery, the needs of all workers, particularly those who were most deeply impacted by the pandemic and resulting economic fallout must be addressed and gaps that pre-dated the pandemic, corrected. Economic stability and the ability to thrive at the workplace does not happen in a vacuum. Policies related to health and safety, justice, discrimination amongst others have deep implications on the employment outcomes of workers. Our aim is to gather ideas on how to create a positive ecosystem that may result in improved labor outcomes for those who are historically underserved.

Why participate?

This dialogue is an opportunity to assist the U.S. Department of Labor in its understanding of what obstacles and needs wage earning women face and how to best support them in order to ensure their strengthened economic position and better employment outcomes. The dialogue will help formulate future department programs and funding opportunities in order to ensure that they respond to the needs of women from diverse backgrounds. In addition, the information we gather through this process will help shape the understanding of several key agencies within the department and help better inform those agencies as they advise leadership.

Who should participate?

These online events are open to anyone interested in joining the conversation. We strongly encourage workers, employers, retirees and students to provide their input, along with the organizations and advocacy groups that represent them. We are also looking to state and local agencies and policymakers to share their experiences and ideas to help shape future U.S. Department of Labor policies and programs that support working women.