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July 6, 2011

Weekly Wednesday Acronym – WIN

This is a brand new acronym, introduced on June 23, 2011, and occurred right on the heels of the Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart employment discrimination case.   Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) have introduced the Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs (Women WIN Jobs) Act.

The purpose of “The Women Win Jobs Act” would be to provide women with help entering higher-paying job fields.  Currently, women represent half of our nation’s workforce, yet only are employed in 25 of 504 occupational categories, most of which are among the lowest paid except for teaching and nursing.  “Non-traditional” jobs, which employ the fewest women, actually pay 20% to 30% more than predominantly female fields.

The Women WIN Jobs Act would create a new federal grant program to help recruit, prepare, place and retain women in high-demand, high-wage nontraditional jobs.  For a fact sheet, relating to the bill, please click on the following link:

http://polis.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Fact_Sheet_-_Women_WIN_Jobs_Act.pdf

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