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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

An Integral Step Forward for Women, Families and the Nation

January 23, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
"Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts."

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The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

By now, we have all heard about or been affected by the influenza outbreak that is sweeping the country and taking a staggering toll. At least 44 states have been hit, thousands of hospitalizations and dozens of deaths have been reported so far, and some are already comparing this year's outbreak to the H1N1 pandemic of 2009.

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Fair Pay: An Economic Imperative for Women of Color and the Nation

January 9, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
Every day, tens of millions of hardworking women get up, go to work and do all we can to help our employers, keep our jobs and make enough money to put food on the table, pay the bills and provide for our families.

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Voters Want Action on Family Friendly Workplace Policies

December 12, 2012 | Work and Family
Despite all of the attention paid to our differences this election year, the majority of American voters are united on some key issues because of shared experiences.

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One Year Later, Let's Make Emergency Contraception More Easily Available to Vulnerable Young Women

December 7, 2012 | Reproductive Health
A year ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was poised to undo the damage done by the Bush Administration, which for political reasons held up over-the-counter approval of Emergency Contraception (EC) for years.

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The 'With Model' of Patient and Family Engagement

November 27, 2012 | Health Care
As our national debate over health care reform continues, with its future, at least in part, likely to be shaped by the election, one thing is clear: There is consensus that we need to move to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

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Election 2012: A Good Day for Women, A Good Day for the Country

November 8, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
In reelecting President Obama and significantly increasing the numbers of women and progressives in the United States Senate, Americans have said 'yes' to fair pay for women, 'yes' to policies that make our workplaces more family friendly, 'yes' to ending gender discrimination and strengthening consumer protections in health insurance, and 'yes' to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

This week, workers all across the country will be tweeting that question to candidates for office at all levels, asking them to support this basic workplace standard or explain why they will not.

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Deeply Disturbing Study Shows Bias Against Women in Science Runs Deep

September 28, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Just days after the release of the National Partnership's analysis of new U.S. Census data that shows a gender-based wage gap exists in nearly every corner of the country, researchers at Yale University have published a powerful new study that shows gender impedes women's advancement in science.

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An Issue that Affects Women in 97 Percent of the Country's Congressional Districts

September 21, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
There is much talk about the challenges facing America's families today. Often the talk is so big picture it's hard to boil it down to what it means for real people, in their homes and communities, at their dinner tables, and in their checkbooks.

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A Step Forward in Congress for Pregnant Workers and Their Families

September 19, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
It is shameful to think that, nearly 35 years since we banned pregnancy discrimination in this country, pregnant women are still being fired, forced out of their jobs and denied employment and promotion opportunities.

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This Labor Day, Let's Ask Congress to Stop Employers from Discriminating Against Pregnant Workers

August 31, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
This week, as the country prepared to celebrate Labor Day, the National Partnership released the results of an unprecedented analysis of the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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For Parents Without Paid Sick Days, Back-to-School Season Brings Stress and Uncertainty

For the millions of employed parents in jobs that don't let them earn paid sick days, it means another set of worries: uncertainty about what to do if a child gets sick.

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Women's Equality Depends on Family Friendly Workplace Policies Like Paid Sick Days

Ninety-two years ago, women in the United States celebrated the greatest step in our march toward equality: the ratification of the 19th Amendment, affirming our right to vote.

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A Day for the History Books on Women's Health

August 2, 2012 | Work and Family
There are some important dates for American women to remember and teach to our daughters.

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The Women of D.C. Deserve Better

July 18, 2012 | Reproductive Health
For decades, Congress has unfairly restricted women's access to reproductive health services in the District of Columbia in ways it is unable to do in the states.

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Looking Past the 'Having it All' Distraction

June 27, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
Yet again, we're in the midst of a media firestorm over women's roles in our workplaces and our families.

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Think the Wage Gap Is a Myth? Ask Your Doctor

June 14, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
A man and his son were in a car accident. Both were taken to the hospital with critical injuries, and the boy was quickly rushed into surgery. The surgeon said, "I can't operate on this boy; he's my son." How is this possible?

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Fighting Discrimination, Giving Women -- and All Workers -- a Fair Shake

June 4, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
This week, members of the Senate have the opportunity to take a stand on an issue of paramount importance to women and their families: either they will move to help stop gender discrimination in wages, or they will turn their backs on women in the workforce and the families who depend on them.

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Beyond Mother's Day: Continuing the Commitment to Working Mothers and Families

May 15, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
As families throughout the country were making their Mother's Day plans, some lawmakers were similarly focused on America's women. But unlike the short-lived events of Mother's Day weekend, their attention was on the kind of support and family friendly policies mothers and working families need year round.

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