How the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Addresses Women's Needs: Job Opportunities for Women
February 13, 2009
Job Opportunities for Women
- Funding provided to rebuild infrastructure and develop clean energy will create many jobs and provide lasting benefits, but most of these jobs are in fields where women are still severely underrepresented. To help ensure that these opportunities are available to women and men, the Act provides $80 million for enforcement of worker protection laws and regulations. Among other things, these laws and regulations ban discrimination and require Federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative steps to ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity for employment without regard to sex and other categories.
- The increased funding the Act provides for programs such as health care, education, child care, and other social services will preserve and create jobs in fields currently dominated by women.
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