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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Showing Thanks for Family Caregivers This Month

It’s November, a month many associate with Thanksgiving and celebrating the things we're grateful for. But November is also National Family Caregivers Month.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Recognizing National Family Caregivers Month

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month in November, the broad-based coalition of organizations pushing for the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act are rallying online...

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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Open Enrollment for 2015 Starts Today!: What You Need to Know to Sign Up and Stay Covered

Co-author(s): Anna Bailey
November 15, 2014 | Health Care

Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace begins today and runs until February 15, 2015.

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From the desk of ... Sarah Stoesz, Repro Health Watch

Resounding “No” to Personhood in Conservative North Dakota

On November 4th, voters in North Dakota made history when they made it the third state in the nation to decisively reject a "personhood" amendment and, with it, the extreme agenda of the personhood movement.

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From the desk of ... Susan Frietsche, Repro Health Watch

In Pennsylvania, a Proactive Fight for Abortion Access and Economic Rights

Over the last four decades, we’ve watched anti-choice advocates shift focus from criminalizing abortion to an incremental strategy of passing medically unnecessary regulations designed to force abortion clinics to close down.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Reasons to Celebrate – and to be Vigilant – this National Work and Family Month

As the month draws to a close, there are clear signs of progress and frustrating reminders that vigilance remains essential.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Domestic Violence and the Need for Paid “Safe” Days

October 16, 2014 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Recent headlines have served as a painful reminder that domestic violence remains a serious issue in this country.

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From the desk of ... Kalpana Krishnamurthy, Repro Health Watch

Ten Thousand Miles for Reproductive Justice

Kicking off in Los Angeles, California on August 9th, the All* Above All Be Bold Road Trip began its month-long, cross-country journey through 12 cities and eight states.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why the Failed Paycheck Fairness Act Vote Matters

It has been quite the week for fair pay for women. On Monday, we witnessed a shameful act when opponents blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Your Health Information: Get It, Check It, Use It.

It’s ushering in a new era in health care, with major benefits for women, caregivers, consumers and families.

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From the desk of ... Colleen McNicholas, Repro Health Watch

Missouri Politicians Should Stay Out of the Exam Room

The Missouri Legislature is just hours away from deciding if politics will once again trump medicine.

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From the desk of ... Bryan Howard, Repro Health Watch

Protecting Access to Medication Abortion: A Good Option for Women

Women's health care has targeted medication abortion since it became available in the U.S. over the past decade and a half ago.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

September 2, 2014 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Amable Alvarez grew up in a poor, rural village in Spain. As a child, he never got the chance to attend school because his family couldn't afford to be without his help on the farm.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women's Equality Matters

Today, women across the country still routinely face inequality at home, at work and throughout society. And too often, the issues we care most about seem not to matter.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On its 21st Anniversary, a New Guide to the FMLA

Twenty-one years ago today, the nation’s first – and only – federal law designed to help people manage the dual demands of work and family took effect. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Strong Support for Paid Sick Days Continues

Progress in San Diego and Eugene provide further evidence of strong support for paid sick days. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Time for Schedules That Work

July 25, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Can you imagine not knowing from day to day or week to week whether you will be scheduled to work or what your paycheck will look like? 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Another Unacceptable Equal Pay Day

July 20, 2014 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

The gender-based wage gap is a serious problem for women and families across the country, and it’s appreciably worse for African American women. Today, we’re reminded of just how much worse.

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Carol Sakala, Director of Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Carol Sakala

For the Sake of Women and Newborns: Strengthen Midwifery

June 23, 2014 | Health Care > Maternity

The preeminent medical journal The Lancet has just released its Midwifery Series, a major project to take stock of the contribution of midwifery to the well-being of childbearing women and newborns.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

On Monday, hundreds of lawmakers, businesses, workers, advocates, administration officials and President Obama will gather for a historic White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C.

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