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Blog // From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

39 Years of Shame

Imagine a public policy that pushes women who are living paycheck to paycheck deeper into poverty… that exacerbates the health disparities that plague our nation… More

Our Mission & History

We believe that actions speak louder than words, and for four decades we have fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families. More

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Bad Medicine

Some politicians are telling doctors and other health providers how to do their jobs. That’s Bad Medicine. Read our report and then tell politicians to #ExitTheExamRoom. More


When Women Succeed Video Thumbnail from 2014 Luncheon Pathway to a Healthy Birth Many extremists won. We're fighting back. Ness and Lichtman stand by President Obama’s side as he takes executive action for fair pay Join the Transformation - Maternity Care with a Heart (thumbnail) Debra Ness on Tell a Friend - Get Covered Shabo on MSNBC's The Cycle FAMILY Act (thumbnail) Michelle Obama honored at the 2011 Annual Luncheon #WhatMothersNeed campaign for fair pay, quality healthcare, paid leave, more. Which states are failing new and expecting parents? Thumbnail image for Bad Med highlights

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