Paulette Norvel Lewis, Regional Administrator of the Women’s Bureau of the U. S. Department of Labor, spoke to the Buckhead Business Association on Sept. 1

Women are still making less money than men and often face hurdles most people are unaware of, a representative from the U.S. Department of Labor told Buckhead Business Association members.

On Sept. 1, Paulette Norvel Lewis, Regional Administrator of the Women’s Bureau of the U. S. Department of Labor gave BBA members an update on some of the projects she’s working on related to women’s issues.

Among them is an initiative to help homeless women who are also veterans.

“There are 107,000 veterans homeless and 7,000 of these are women,” she said. “Women, unlike men go from house to house and sofa to sofa over long periods of times. One in three has been sexually abused while in service.”

Women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan created a new generation of veterans who suffer from mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder, Lewis said.

Lewis also provided statistics showing women in the South and in the country make less than men. In Georgia they make 84.2 percent of what a man makes, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

BBA member Dr. Michaela McKenzie heard the speech and said there needs to be more support for women veterans.

BBA President Lolita Browning Jackson called the presentation, “informative.”

“It lets us know while strides have been made, we have a little bit further to go,” she said. “It keeps it on your mind.”

Editor’s note: this article has been corrected from its previous version. The original information on the number of homeless veterans was incorrect. 

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com