"On Labor Day 2012 the country is still recovering from the worst recession of modern times. Unemployment is stuck above 8 percent, and many of the jobs that have come back are lower level than the ones lost.
But Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the first Latina to hold that post, is optimistic. She says progress has definitely been made -- jobs are picking up, and programs to get more training for the jobless and shore up business are definitely working. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women's jobs are now recovering at a faster pace, but there's still more to be done. Since women are being courted hard by both parties in the upcoming elections, I thought it was a good time to talk with Solis about women's employment. Here's an excerpt from my radio show Equal Time with Martha Burk."