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Making a Place for Women in Manufacturing

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The following blog is from the Commerce Department’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Women continue to explore new opportunities and make inroads into industries once almost exclusively male, such as manufacturing. The evidence shows that attitudes both in the industry and among women are changing. The industry is seeing the inherent value of an integrated and inclusive...

Women in Commerce’s NTIA Leadership Making a Difference in Tech Equity

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As technology becomes more central to everyday life, policymakers are paying close attention to who is reaping the benefits of these advancements and who is being left behind. At the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), women in key leadership positions are working hard to secure our networks, close the digital divide and bring the next...

Spotlight on Commerce: Estela Currid, Export Compliance Specialist, Bureau of Industry and Security

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Guest blog post by Estela Currid, Export Compliance Specialist, Bureau of Industry and Security I began my career at the Commerce Department as an Export Compliance Specialist with the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Strategic Intelligence Division (SID) in July 2016. In this role, I provide analytical support to BIS’s Office of Enforcement Analysis (OEA) and lead OEA’s Russia portfolio...

Unequally Essential: Women and the Gender Pay Gap During COVID-19

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Thirty-four million women work in jobs officially classified as essential; and women represent the majority of workers in several occupations, including health care, education, personal care and sales and office occupations. Because women make up a large portion of the essential workforce, they have played a critical role in the U.S...

Spotlight on Commerce: Tricia Van Orden, Deputy Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, International Trade Administration

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Guest blog by Tricia Van Orden, Deputy Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, International Trade Administration As the Deputy Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, an office within the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA), I spend my days developing programs and strategies to promote U.S. exports. I work with a...

Spotlight on Commerce: Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Guest blog post by Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) As the Deputy Commissioner for Patents at the Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I am responsible for leading the organization’s international patent cooperation programs and initiatives. I also have oversight of the technology centers...

Spotlight on Commerce: Wendy Doernberg, Senior Equal Employment Opportunity and External Civil Rights Specialist, Office of Civil Rights

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Guest blog post by Wendy Doernberg, Senior Equal Employment Opportunity and External Civil Rights Specialist, Office of Civil Rights When my aunt Marian Frankston entered law school in 1970, she was one of three women in the class. Every day they were asked to answer more difficult questions than their male colleagues as if the professors wanted to see them fail. Certain courtrooms would not allow...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ingrid Spies, Fisheries Scientist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Guest blog by Ingrid Spies, Fisheries Scientist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) My primary responsibility is performing work as a stock assessment scientist at the Commerce Department’s NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. This involves modeling the abundance of commercially important fish stocks and making...