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Chabeli Carrazana


The Women’s Bureau has spent 100 years improving work for women — but the House wants to eliminate it

For the first time in at least a decade, the House has put forward a funding bill that includes no money for the only federal agency to “represent the needs and interests of working women.”


99% of Women-Owned Businesses Say the Federal Government Hasn’t Done Enough to Support Them, Survey Finds

Women-owned small businesses say they are “not a priority” for the federal government as entrepreneurs continue to share frustration in getting shut out of funding and contracts.


Most of the COVID-19 Workforce Were Women of Color. What Happens Now as Those Jobs End?

Women of color took on the majority of new jobs created during the pandemic to do contact tracing, and to test and vaccinate Americans, experts said. But as sites ramp down, the future of that workforce is now uncertain.


COVID-19 Widows Struggle to Get Benefits as Social Security Offices Remain Closed

The closure of Social Security offices during the pandemic has made getting survivors benefits difficult for the spouses and children of those who’ve died during the pandemic. More than 90 percent of those seeking survivors benefits are women.


The Federal Government Is Making a New Investment in Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration is elevating its Office of Women’s Business Ownership to report directly to the SBA administrator, raising its profile and power.


The Push for Paid Family Leave Had Stalled in America. Then Men Bought In.

A wave of dads pushing for paid family leave policies has taken the issue from a non-starter to one that could potentially become national policy.


Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on the Fight to Pass Care Infrastructure: 'It Has to Happen'

Gina Raimondo came to the Biden administration in part to pass policies that support working women. In an exclusive interview with The 19th, Raimondo discusses the work she’s doing to make good on that promise.


Women in the Biden White House Earn 99 Cents for Every $1 Earned by Men

The Biden White House has the narrowest wage gap since the country started tracking it in 1995, according to salary data released Thursday.


Summer Camps Haven’t Fully Recovered. That Could Hurt Working Moms.

Without a full return of summer programs this year, working moms face months of uncertainty that could further splinter their relationship with the workforce.


At the Women’s Bureau, a Renewed Focus on Passing Paid Leave and LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

Wendy Chun-Hoon, the new director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, speaks with The 19th about what needs to inform policies during a perilous time for women in the workplace.


What’s in the $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Relief Package

The legislation, being considered by the House this week, has a number of measures that aim to incorporate racial and gender disparities as they address the coronavirus pandemic and economic struggles.


Gina Raimondo’s Focus as Commerce Secretary: Inequality, Jobs and Climate Change

Commerce secretary nominee Gina Raimondo, the governor of Rhode Island, said in her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday that she will focus on job creation with an eye on climate change and workers.


Biden Taps Women to Serve as Commerce Secretary and Lead the Small Business Administration

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has been nominated to be commerce secretary, while Isabel Guzman will lead the Small Business Administration.


Biden Reportedly Will Nominate Janet Yellen to Become Nation’s First Female Treasury Secretary

If confirmed, Janet Yellen would be the first woman to ever hold the three most influential economic positions in U.S. government history.


The Women Who Could Lead Biden’s Economic Recovery

A significant number of women are being considered for key economic slots in the Biden administration, including as secretaries of Treasury, Commerce and Labor.


The Future of Space is Female

NASA is sending a woman to the moon and putting women among its highest ranks, part of a concerted push toward inclusivity in an industry long dominated by men.


Women in President Donald Trump’s White House Earn 69 Cents for Every $1 Paid to Male Staffers

The gender pay gap is wider than the national pay gap and wider than the gap in the Obama White House.

Pay & Benefits

New Federal Rules Could Make It Harder for Parents to Take Paid Leave

New guidelines from the Department of Labor on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act say parents whose children have access to in-person learning are no longer eligible for paid leave.


Black Women Are Promoted at Far Lower Rates Than White Men, Report Finds

The report, released by Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s foundation, also found that Black women are underrepresented in top leadership positions.