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During Women’s History Month, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Spotlights Need to Increase Women’s Representation Across Industry

Women make a difference in the lives of Americans every day and are a critical part of the U.S. economy. During Women’s History Month, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo echoed this sentiment at various events that both celebrated the vast contributions of women and stressed the importance of advancing women’s full and equal participation in building a more resilient and innovative economy. Through...

Women in STEM: Representation Matters

By Laurie Locascio , Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Growing up as a scientist, I did not see role models who looked like me. I grew up in a small town where my father was a physicist — and my role model. He nurtured me to be a scientist just like him. I am so grateful he did not have different...

Building a New American Workforce that Taps into the Limitless Potential of Women

By U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo As the Secretary of Commerce, my focus is building the long-term competitiveness of the United States. However, if we don’t invest in women’s success, we won’t be able to compete. This was a priority for me when I was Governor of Rhode Island, and it’s a priority for me now as Secretary of Commerce. I believe in uplifting women in our workforce, in the...

Women’s History Month: Carrying the Torch of Public Service from Tehran to New York

Roxanne Moadel-Attie, New York Regional Office Program Manager, U.S. Census Bureau When asked what most motivated me to join the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau, I often point to my graduate research on the psychosocial impacts of racial classification, modeling the integration of both Middle Eastern North African (MENA) and Hispanic/Latino race categories as well as other recommendations...

Women’s History Month: Impacting Innovation and Economic Growth

By Brittany Sickler, Networks Program Manager, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Women’s History Month has always been an important time for me to consider the remarkable—and ordinary—stories in our country’s journey to equality. For instance, just after my mother was born in 1944, a bill was introduced proposing employers be required to pay women equal pay for equal work – an...

Women’s History Month: Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment at Home and Abroad

By Nicolette Mena, International Program Specialist, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) My name is Nicolette Mena, and I am an International Program Specialist at the Commerce Department’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP). I have worked at CLDP for almost four years, primarily focusing my efforts on the South Caucasus, Eastern Europe, and Latin America regions. Before joining CLDP...

Women’s History Month: Science is for Everyone

By Dr. Jeanette Davis, Marine Microbiologist and Policy Advisory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) My name is Dr. Jeanette Davis. I am Marine Microbiologist and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Undersecretary at the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I started my journey as a scientist at Hampton University where, as a freshman, I...

Women’s History Month: Serving My New Country with a Passion for Increasing Participation in Census Surveys

By Zakera Ahmed, New York Regional Office Program Manager, U.S. Census Bureau My love for and pride in public service came from watching my father, Badaruddin Ahmed, serve as a government official in Bangladesh. From the time I was a young child, I saw the respect he received from the community and learned the importance of civic duty. I knew I wanted to serve in the U.S. government since moving...

Women's History Month: Driving Change and Modernization in Information Technology Systems

By Deborah Stephens, Deputy Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office My name is Debbie Stephens, and I am the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Commerce Department’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). I have served at the USPTO for over 30 years in multiple leadership roles, during which I have worked to improve the automated tools and informational...

The Women of Commerce: Making a Difference in the U.S. and Around the World

By U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo The Department of Commerce has one overarching goal: To improve America’s economic competitiveness so that our workers and our companies succeed in the global economy. And Women’s History Month is a great time to showcase the achievements of women scientists, entrepreneurs, inventors, educators, and many others who have contributed to that goal and...