Wendy Chun-Hoon, director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, will visit Birmingham, Alabama, on July 27, and join Mayor Randall Woodfin, local officials and key stakeholders for a roundtable discussion on ways to reduce caregiving costs for women to ensure their ability to participate fully in the workforce.
In February 2022, the city launched its Embrace Mother’s Guaranteed Income Initiative, a pilot program that randomly selected 110 women-headed households to receive a $375 per month stipend for a 12-month period. The initiative, which offers a practical solution to the financial burden carried by women who overwhelmingly bear the costs of child and elder care while they work and provide for their families, was launched in partnership with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a network of mayors advocating to give Americans an income floor.
During the discussion, Chun-Hoon and the bureau’s Southeast Regional Administrator Charmaine Davis will share the department’s Bearing the Cost Report, which finds that women have historically been excluded from higher-wage, good quality jobs and relegated to employment for which they are underpaid and undervalued. The city’s pilot is an innovative approach to a nationwide issue that, if successful, could be used elsewhere.