The Displaced Homemakers Task Force

The Displaced Homemakers Task Force was originally a “mechanism issue”, as set down by the original members of the Wisconsin Women’s Network. This group of women worked to ensure that displaced homemakers, defined as “women who have no job skills or work experience or whose skills or experience are obsolete who are suddenly in a position, through divorce or death of a spouse, of having to support themselves”. The task force worked to enact the Lorman-Panzer bill of 1981, which stated that it “would transfer responsibility for the displaced homemakers program to the state VTAE Board from the Dept. of Health and Social Services and restore the Governor’s vetoed $750,000 to the program”. In 1982, funds became available through the Vocational-Technical Education Board for programs for displaced homemakers.