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The Gender Wage Gap is a Symptom We Cannot Ignore

April 4, 2017 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

Equal Pay Day, April 4, is the day that marks how far into 2017 women have had to work to be paid the same amount men were paid in 2016. It’s a stunning indication that something is seriously wrong, and a time to ask what we’re doing as a nation to fix the problem

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Yearning for Real Leadership, Compassion and Respect

February 28, 2017 | Other

Tonight, when President Trump speaks to a joint session of Congress, he will face a country that is yearning for real leadership, candor, humility, compassion and respect.

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Going Backward on Maternity Coverage Would Be Disastrous for Women’s Health

February 21, 2017 | Health Care > Maternity

At her confirmation hearing last week, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said she thinks it should once again be optional for health plans to cover maternity care.

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Paid Leave Shouldn’t Be a Laughing Matter

February 8, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Laughing so we don’t cry is a coping mechanism for many of us these days. It can also inspire meaningful action.

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Trump’s Anti-Woman Cabinet: How It All Adds Up

From gutting the Affordable Care Act to undermining reproductive health care to weakening workplace protections to opposing measures to stop sexual violence, Trump’s nominees have stood outside the mainstream and against the interests of women. Women must be vigilant and we must resist.

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Replacing the ACA May Be High Stakes for Lawmakers – But It’s Even More Important to Women

February 1, 2017 | Health Care

Thousands of news stories have documented the politics around repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Every week, it seems, ACA opponents try out some new spin.

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Together, we made history at the Women’s March. Now take the next step!

At the National Partnership, we get it. The Women’s March put the Trump administration and the new Congress on notice, but it was only the first step. Now, we each must do everything we can to create a continuous drumbeat for women’s rights and human rights.

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With So Much at Stake with Obamacare Repeal, ‘Trust Me’ Simply Isn’t Good Enough

January 12, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Offering no details about a replacement package, Republican leaders are asking us to trust them as they strip millions of their health coverage and economic security. That’s simply not acceptable.

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Progress, Promise and Peril: The Imperative to Continue Workplace Policy Gains in 2017

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo
January 9, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

The nation is poised for progress, but it will only come if lawmakers recognize that strengthening our economy will require paying as much attention to the kinds of jobs that are available as they pay to creating or keeping jobs in the United States.

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Make Value The Priority

January 9, 2017 | Health Care

Historically, our health care system has rewarded the delivery of poor quality care. In this kind of system, health care costs continue to rise but patients fail to improve or stay healthy. 

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The Bottom Drops Out

Sometimes life tests you in ways you never expected. The election that shocked the nation dealt a stunning blow to our efforts to make this country more fair, family friendly and healthy.

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This Congress Should Take The Opportunity To Make Progress For Pregnant Workers

When Congress reconvenes, members will have a chance to show America’s families that progress is possible. Rather than continuing a dismal record of inaction, they should use this lame duck session to move the country forward.

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A Double Bind Punishes Low-Income Families as Lawmakers Deny Women Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Parenting

September 30, 2016 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom the ways laws and policies evolve in this country, with little coherence and an often-painful disregard for their impact. Today marks 40 years of the Hyde Amendment. It may be impossible to fully grasp the extraordinary harm this punitive policy has done.

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The Kind of Paid Leave Program the Country Needs

Sometimes we simply have to pause to say: Wow! At the National Partnership, we’ve pioneered education and advocacy to advance family and medical leave in this country.

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Eight Labor Days

September 5, 2016 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president. It’s well worth taking a moment to appreciate his deep and enduring commitment to equal opportunity for women in the workplace.

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Eight Labor Days

September 5, 2016

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president.

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Activism Can Change the Landscape for Expecting and New Parents

August 26, 2016 | Work and Family

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Failing Our Families

In the United States today, whether you can take a few paid sick days or a few weeks of paid family or medical leave, and whether your employer must make reasonable accommodations that allow you to continue working through your pregnancy, all depend on where you work.

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Hospital Compare: A Tool Consumers Need Now

July 21, 2016 | Health Care

Every day, consumers make choices about which hospitals they or their families will use – and too often, they make those decisions without enough information to guide them.

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An Opportunity to Advance Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
July 8, 2016 | Health Care | Other > Medicare

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will bring the biggest change in decades to how we pay physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care providers who treat Medicare beneficiaries. 

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