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National summit addresses changing workforce for women
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On the anniversary of the establishment of the U.S.
Department of Labor Women's Bureau, nearly 20,000 women at more than 400
sites across the country will converge to discuss the workforce of the
"Economic Equity: Realities, Responsibilities and Rewards"
is the theme for the interactive satellite broadcast to be held Thursday,
June 5 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the University of Iowa's
Iowa Memorial Union.
An additional 900,000 people are expected to view the broadcast through
local cable access. The goal of the summit is to provide women with the
available options for balancing work and family and looking at ways to
remain competitive in the workforce of the future.
Working women from all backgrounds will hear about transitions from
welfare to work, pensions, fair pay, downsizing and affordable child care.
In addition, access to entrepreneurial development opportunities will be
The broadcast summit will begin with a message from Labor Secretary
Alexis M. Herman followed by two panel discussions addressing and responding
to the needs of America's working women.
The National Working Women's Summit -- an initiative under the auspices
of the bureau's public education awareness campaign "Don't Work in
the Dark," encourages women "to get out of the dark" and
get to know the facts about the labor force, understand their rights on
the job, and know what works through programs instituted by committed employers
and unions across the country who are helping to make work better for women
and their families.