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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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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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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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Why Paid Leave Means... Everything

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo

Twenty-five years after we won a national unpaid leave law, it's time to finally win paid leave.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Means a Stronger Nation

Our country is in the midst of an extraordinary, long-overdue moment. In historic ways, women and our allies are coming together to demand change, and guaranteeing paid family and medical leave for all is essential to winning that fight.

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A Moment, a March and a Movement Poised to Win the Policies Women and Families Need

Many of us — including women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and people with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness — recognize that Trump's federal government is putting all of us last.

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Censoring Science Is Never a Good Idea

December 22, 2017 | Health Care

Letting politics dictate health policy is outrageous! This is not what the country wants. 

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This Should Never Happen – Not Here

October 25, 2017 | Reproductive Health

Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement must not be allowed to prevent undocumented immigrant minors from getting the health care they need.

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9 Million Reasons Congress Must Act Now to Save CHIP

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
October 6, 2017 | Health Care

Congress: Act now and fund CHIP fully. More than 9 million kids, and millions of families, are depending on you. 

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The Hyde Amendment Continues to Punish Our Country’s Most Vulnerable Women

September 29, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

For 41 long years, the Hyde amendment has penalized low-income women by withholding coverage for abortion care from those enrolled in Medicaid. 

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Don’t Just Tell Grandparents You Care, Fight for Their Ability to Care and Be Cared For

Sunday is National Grandparents Day, a time to celebrate the millions of grandparents who provide so much for our families and our country. Our nation’s grandparents are not only treasured members of our families; they also take on significant caregiving and breadwinning responsibilities.

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Women Continue to Resist and to Insist on Equality for All

There is another side to the nation’s story right now – the story of the power and persistence of women. Our voices are the ones that have changed, and will continue to change, the nature of power.

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We All Need to Take a Stand Against Hate

August 18, 2017 | Other

We at the National Partnership are still haunted by images of Charlottesville and deeply troubled by the news that continues to unfold this week, including the tragic, unconscionable terrorist attacks in Spain.

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A Watershed Moment: Sheryl Sandberg Endorses the FAMILY Act

August 9, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Sandberg's support gives a major boost to the FAMILY Act, the next step in making America family friendly.

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Debra L. Ness, President

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Continuing to Move the Country Toward Paid Family and Medical Leave for All

August 4, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

The 24th anniversary of the FMLA taking effect is a reminder that the pace of progress varies over time and, even on the days when the odds seem stacked against us, people can and will keep moving the country forward.

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Paid Leave Should Be Time to Care – for All of Us

Imagine your elderly mother has pneumonia and you can’t afford time off to care for her. Imagine your husband was injured while serving in Iraq and you can’t be there during his recovery.

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#MomsDontNeed

Holidays are nice. Progress is nicer.

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Debra L. Ness, President

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Standing Up for Women & Families in 2017

“This is the time to move women’s rights forward, not roll back the progress we have made over decades.” 

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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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