Family Care and Workplace Culture: Issues Facing 21st Century Working Women to be presented during the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/07/2015


Beatrice Calvin

Manager, Professional Development

Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)


CHICAGO — A session entitled Family Care and Workplace Culture: Issues Facing 21st Century Working Women will be presented from 9 - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16).

Hosted by the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center, this session will focus on women working to support themselves and their families while also caring for themselves, their children and often their aging parents. While hourly and low-wage employees may experience more challenges with their dual roles, higher wage and salaried individuals also experience situational, economic and cultural challenges.  Possible solutions including flexible hours, telework, advance scheduling, parental leave, sick days and equal pay will be discussed. 

Join us for a presentation and lively discussion about women in the workplace in 21st century workplace.  The presenter, Jacqueline Cooke, is the regional administrator for Region I of the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau.

For the past three years, Cooke has worked with the President’s National Equal Pay Task Force and assisted in the writing of “Fifty Years After the Equal Pay Act: Assessing the Past, Taking Stock of the Future.”  In 2014, she served as acting director of policy and programs for the Women’s Bureau in Washington, D.C.  She organized the Boston Regional Forum on Working Families and assisted in the planning of the National Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., co-hosted by the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress.

During her tenure as Women’s Bureau Regional Administrator, she has developed programs and demonstration projects in partnership with educational institutions, state and local governments, employers, unions and community-based organizations on issues of concern to working women including workplace flexibility and parental and sick leave, equal pay, nontraditional careers for women and registered apprenticeship.  

The Women’s Bureau is the only federal agency devoted exclusively to promoting the rights and interests of working women.

For information on other sessions being hosted by the JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center, visit JobLIST's Conference Workshops page. 

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center is managed by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).