Panel discussion held in La Crosse focuses on women in Wisconsin’s workforce

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Safety and Professional Services held a panel focusing on women in business.

They partnered with Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation to share how women and companies are reducing barriers in the state.

It’s especially important as women try to get back to work after the worst of the pandemic.

“We have many programs in place and many opportunities to help remove some of those ongoing barriers and really help women who are seeking to get back into the workforce to do so with the resources they need to be successful,” said Amy Pechacek, the secretary-designee of the Department of Workforce Development.

Leaders on the panel are especially optimistic about women entering trade fields.

“I’m just pleased that we can talk about more women going into the trades … and they know exactly what they’re going to be making, and the sky’s the limit,” said Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services Dawn Crim.

Crim says that often with trade jobs, men and women get paid equally.