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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On Mother's Day: Expecting Better for All Mothers and Working Families

May 8, 2012 | Work and Family
On Sunday, millions of mothers will be celebrated and honored -- some for the first time, and others as part of a fun family ritual.

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Women's Work: A Political Flashpoint and an Urgent Policy Imperative

April 16, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Women's work. Last week, when Hilary Rosen used words she quickly admitted were poorly chosen, we were all reminded that it remains a huge flashpoint in our society.

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Older Women's Stake in Health Reform

April 3, 2012 | Health Care
This week, all the talk in Washington has been about handicapping the outcome of the Supreme Court health reform cases, and identifying winners and losers.

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10 Things to LOVE About the Affordable Care Act

March 21, 2012 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
This week, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turns two. Let's not mince words: This law is the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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Widespread Inequality in the Restaurant Industry Means Hardship for Women Workers

February 13, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
There are more than 10 million restaurant workers in the United States. The majority are women. These are the hosts and hostesses who greet us, the waiters and waitresses who serve us, the bartenders who fill our drink orders, the attendants and dishwashers who clean up after us, set up our tables, and more.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

Through the Looking Glass on Contraceptive Coverage

February 6, 2012 | Reproductive Health
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Birth control is basic health care for women.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

After 39 Years, Let's End the War on Women

January 22, 2012 | Reproductive Health
It's been 39 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade - but the battles over access to the full range of reproductive health care services still rage on.

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At Stake: A Fundamental Protection for Millions of Workers

January 12, 2012 | Work and Family
It may be the single most important law ever passed to address the needs of workers trying to meet their work and family responsibilities.

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Toward a More Family Friendly Nation

January 4, 2012 | Work and Family
It's not literally the 99 percent versus the privileged few, but it's one of the most noteworthy divides I have seen.

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Shameful: Partisan Politics Block Another Highly Qualified Judicial Nominee

December 7, 2011 | Judges and Supreme Court
All year, we've seen partisan politics impede the progress America needs -- from jobs to anti-discrimination measures to work and family advances to the safety net.

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Birth Control Under Attack

November 22, 2011 | Reproductive Health
Anti-choice extremists are trying to undermine women's right to birth control under the Affordable Care Act.

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Gaps in Access to Paid Leave are Significant, Sustained - and Unacceptable

November 15, 2011 | Work and Family
The Census Bureau released a report last week that every family and every lawmaker should note.

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Getting Back on Track with Family Friendly Policies

October 31, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

As National Work and Family Month drew to a close this time last year, working families were hopeful that the upcoming election would mean that the economy would turn around, families would regain control of their finances and economic security, and the country would finally get back on track after a crippling recession.

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