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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Labor Day 2018: Congress Needs to Step Up

Next week the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, we fear -- and expect, based on his record -- that workers’ rights and the rights of women will be in grave jeopardy.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Stabilize Housing, Improve Women’s Health

July 26, 2018 | Health Care

Where you live, work and play all affect your health. Indeed, research shows that access to nutritious food and safe housing are clearly linked to your health.

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Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Gotcha? Hardly!

That is what’s at stake here: our lives. Our right to abortion care and ability to access it is about our health, the well-being and future of our families, our autonomy and our dignity. Ultimately it is about our ability to be equal.

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Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Fasten Your Seatbelt. This Is Going to Be the Fight of Our Lives

July 6, 2018 | Judges and Supreme Court

Sometimes the world changes in a moment. One of those moments came when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

We March …

June 30, 2018 | Other

For every immigrant child who finds herself in a strange place, without the parents she loves and needs …

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From the desk of ... Jessica Mason

Let’s Not Repeat the Mistakes of the Past With Worker Protections

Eighty years ago today, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – the cornerstone of labor protections for working people in the United States – was enacted. While its protections for working people remain in place today, so, unfortunately, do its exclusions, which disproportionately harm women and people of color.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

I am one of the 67 million women and girls with a pre-existing condition.

June 21, 2018 | Health Care

Having my son could essentially blacklist me from getting affordable, comprehensive health coverage if opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) succeed with their relentless efforts to sabotage it. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Helping Men Care: Father’s Day is the Perfect Time to Fight for Paid Leave

Today’s dads aren’t the same as their own fathers. One indication of the change is the fact that fathers in the United States have nearly tripled the time they spend caring for children since 1965. But our paternity leave policies and the uptake of leave haven’t kept up with the change. It’s time to press the update button.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Healing with HEAA

May 23, 2018 | Health Care

Supporting the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) should be a no-brainer. This bill would help eliminate racial and ethnic health and health care disparities. 

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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Taking Stock of the ACA’s Preventive Services Coverage During National Women’s Health Week

Co-author(s): Jessi Leigh Swenson
May 17, 2018 | Health Care

For National Women’s Health Week this year, we’re reminding women of some of the preventive services they can access – without cost sharing – thanks to the ACA. 

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From the desk of ... Dawn Godbolt

Minority Health Month 2018: Tackling Persistent Health Disparities

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
April 23, 2018 | Health Care

To call attention to the persistent health disparities women of color face all year, we analyzed U.S. Census Bureau health insurance data for a five-part fact sheet series. 

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Honoring Black Maternal Health Week

April 13, 2018 | Health Care

Too many Black women are dying in pregnancy and childbirth. It's unacceptable. We're proud to support Black Mamas Matter Alliance's Black Maternal Health Week.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Survey Says: We’re Missing an Opportunity to Engage Women in Their Health Care

The 2017 NCI Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) survey included questions on consumer use of health IT. We look at what it says about how women access and use health information via digital health tools. 

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Vice President for Reproductive Health and Rights

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

Women Deserve the Truth

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra should be a no-brainer for the Court. It’s a case about the simple proposition that women deserve the truth.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This International Women’s Day, We Must #PressforProgress on Women’s Health

Co-author(s): Katie Martin
March 8, 2018 | Health Care

We all must speak out against the Trump administration’s attacks on women’s health and health care -- before it's too late.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Let’s Press for Progress on Gender Equality Through a Strong U.S. Paid Leave Policy

On International Women's Day, it is difficult to ignore the fact that the United States is an international outlier when it comes to paid leave.

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Katie Martin, Vice President

From the desk of ... Katie Martin

Women Just Can’t Win: Medicaid Work Requirements and Inadequate Workplace Policies

February 28, 2018 | Health Care

Here’s an idea for politicians who claim they want to help women and families become more financially secure: Don’t institute punishing work requirements in programs that are meant to help people achieve and maintain economic security. Instead, promote and protect access to affordable, quality health care and supportive workplace policies.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Together to Unrig the System for Working People

February 24, 2018 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Workers need strong workplace policies – and strong unions – to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. But working people are under attack.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, General Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

First Equal Pay Day of the Year – for Asian Women – Reminds Us That the Wage Gap is Pervasive

Unless Congress enacts legislation that will help all women receive higher wages and remain and succeed in the workforce, women and families, and especially women of color, will continue to suffer – and our economy and nation will pay the price.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Celebrating 25 Years of the FMLA With a Resounding Call for Paid Leave for All

February 9, 2018 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

As this wrap up shows, there is tremendous strength, diversity, passion and clout behind the vibrant movement to win paid family and medical leave for all.

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