Sending Office: Honorable Brenda L. Lawrence
Cosponsor the Women’s Equality Workforce Oversight Act (WE Work Act)
Please join me in cosponsoring the WE Work Act (Women’s Equality Workforce Oversight Act).
This bill increases oversight of federal agencies that are supposed to help women in the workforce, to ensure they are fulfilling this mission and hold them accountable. It requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an annual study on
agencies and programs that focus on women in the workforce, evaluating their level of work to help women, including: community outreach, policy changes, constituent services, funding, and staffing levels.
Offices across government, such as the DOL Women’s Bureau and the SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership, have a mission to help women participate in the workforce, get fair wages and working conditions, and access better opportunities. Changes under this
Administration, such as 20% staff attrition at the Women’s Bureau, undoing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, and threatened budget cuts are undermining these programs. This bill would measure these changes to understand how the Administration
is impacting women in the workforce.
The bill requires GAO to study the agencies that most impact women in the workforce, to determine:
- Whether they have changed their policies and efforts on women’s participation in the workforce, fair compensation, paid leave, workplace supports for pregnancy and families, participation in non-traditional and higher-paying jobs, and enforcement of workplace
- Whether they have decreased their services to women, including: outreach to community organizations, constituent services, grants and small business loans, apprenticeship programs, actions against discriminatory companies, and public education on key workplace
- How any funding cuts and staff reductions have impacted their ability to assist women.
The bill also asks GAO to analyze the most significant barriers to women’s participation in the workforce and future opportunities to reduce those barriers.
Please contact Annika_Christensen@mail.house.gov to sign on by Wednesday, April 18, at noon.
Brenda L. Lawrence
Member of Congress
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