Throughout time, parents have wished for their children a better life and richer opportunities than were afforded them. For me, these ideals remain unchanged.
Sunday was my first Mother’s Day. My daughter is only seven months old, but as I reflect on what Mother’s Day means to me, I am proud to say that my hopes and dreams for her are grounded in what I do as Acting Director of the Women’s Bureau.
At the Women’s Bureau, I work to make a difference in the lives of working women. Our efforts focus on helping women achieve economic security. We also want our nation’s daughters to know that the world is full of opportunity. My work will help ensure that my daughter will grow up in a world where women have the same opportunities and access as men – to gain profitable employment, to earn fair wages, and to know they can raise a family and still excel in their career.
We live in a world where the options are endless, where progress and innovation is limited only by the imaginations of its people. Despite increased educational achievement and enormous strides in science and technology by women, there remain many good jobs where women and girls have limited access and participation.
At the Women’s Bureau we are working to break down barriers and arm women with the tools and resources they need to excel in higher paying jobs of the future. One example is our green jobs guide which can help women and girls identify new employment opportunities in fields that can provide pathways into the middle class and beyond.
As a mom, I want my daughter’s imagination to be her only limitation, and here at the Women’s Bureau, I work to make that possibility a reality.
To find out more about the Women’s Bureau, please visit our website at www.dol.gov/wb.
Latifa Lyles is Acting Director of the Women’s Bureau.