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With Labor Day (and President Obama's Jobs Package Announcement) fast approaching, our focus is on women and jobs. As Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor reminds us, the Economic Recovery has been slower for women and the Council on Women and Girls is working hard to assure help in supporting populations in need. A comprehensive approach includes the soon to be announced jobs package as well as our other efforts to ensure economic security and jobs for America’s women. The strategy includes things like: ensuring pay equity, supporting women-owned small businesses, improving workplace flexibility policies, attracting and retaining women and girls to STEM fields, and helping to train women for growing industries and non-traditional jobs.
President Obama announced a commitment to double engineering internships in 2012 promising measures toward a more successful future. These commitments will add over 6,000 additional opportunities for hands-on, technical job training for future engineers.
In addition, as millions of people along the East Coast began to recover from the damage of Hurricane Irene, the President reflected on the six year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
We wish you and yours a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.
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Avra Siegel is the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls.