Woman on a mission

Alexis Herman roars from the Department of Labor

the unemployment rate for young African American teens from 43% to 25%, which says we’re on the right track. And I’m very proud of my work in getting countries around the world to agree to a basic standard on child labor. We’ve got to make sure we put a human face on the global economy.

Many in the African American community raced to the Senate to rally behind you during an acrimonious confirmation process. How did that confirmation affect you?

Herman: That support and the difficult road I traveled to get this job has made all the difference for me. I am probably more emboldened-stronger, tougher, and grateful-for the support that has sustained me to meet the everyday challenges of this job. I love being labor secretary and I think it was well worth the fight.

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