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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

If Budgets Reflect Priorities...

If our budgets reflect our priorities, what does Paul Ryan's budget say about our country, how much we value women and our compassion for the most vulnerable among us? Nothing good, I am afraid.

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Know Your Rights: The Family and Medical Leave Act

February 12, 2013 | Work and Family
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - the nation's first and only federal law that helps women and men meet their responsibilities at home and on the job.

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20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family Friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

February 5, 2013 | Work and Family
Today, we mark a historic and celebratory moment in our nation's history.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 20!

February 4, 2013 | Work and Family
Tuesday, February 5, marks exactly 20 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law.

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Progress on Women's Reproductive Rights

January 29, 2013 | Reproductive Health
Last week, after a pro-choice president was sworn in for a second term and as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, something pretty spectacular happened.

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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. 

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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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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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