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Secretary Gina M. Raimondo Statement on her Meeting with a Bipartisan Delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors

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Following a meeting with a Bipartisan Delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement: “Today, I was honored to join a bipartisan delegation of mayors from across the country who have been leading their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recovery from it. Our cities need 21st century investments in...

Commerce’s USPTO Concludes Successful Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

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The Commerce Department’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) hosted the final installment of the 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) today and heard from a diverse panel of successful women innovators who shared their stories of entrepreneurship and the challenges they faced along the way. WES, an annual event launched in 2011, has proven to be one of the USPTO’s most popular...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ashley Zuelke, Program Manager, Denver Regional Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Guest blog post by Ashley Zuelke, Program Manager, Denver Regional Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration I serve as a Program Manager in the Denver Regional Office at the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). I joined EDA in August 2020 to support economic response to and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. My team and I work with applicants throughout our...

Spotlight on Commerce: Tanika Hawkins, Acting Director of Administration, Office of the Secretary

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Guest blog post by Tanika Hawkins, Acting Director of Administration, Office of the Secretary I have served for 25 years at the U.S. Department of Commerce. I am the Acting Director of Administration with the Commerce Department’s Chief of Staff and oversee, coordinate, and perform all administrative functions and essential tasks for the Office of the Secretary. Each day, I directly support the...

Women-Owned Business Ownership in America on the Rise

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Women-owned firms made up only 19.9% of all firms that employed people in the United States in 2018 but their numbers are growing. There were 6,861 more women-owned firms in 2018 than in 2017, up 0.6% to 1.1 million, according to the Census Bureau’s Annual Business Survey (ABS). Women-owned employer firms reported nearly $1.8 trillion in...

Spotlight on Commerce: Rebecca Dorch, Senior Spectrum Policy Analyst, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

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Guest blog post by Rebecca Dorch, Senior Spectrum Policy Analyst, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) I am the Senior Spectrum Policy Analyst at the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Institute for Telecommunication Sciences located in Boulder, Colorado. I have had...

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...