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From the desk of ... Arian Hull, Health IT

"A Health Exchange of One"

As an intern at the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF) and rising 2nd year law student, the hearing on Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) provided eye-opening exposure to the need for patients to be active participants in every aspect of their care.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

The Equal Employment Opportunity Restoration Act: Ensuring Access to Justice After 'Wal-Mart v. Dukes'

June 20, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Fairness and equal opportunity are among our nation's most basic values. They are especially critical in the workplace due to families' increasing dependence on the wages of both men and women.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

15 out of 51? Dads Expect Better

June 17, 2012 | Work and Family
This weekend, we celebrate dads. Fathers serve as both breadwinners and caregivers in most families, just as women do. And that's why our nation's dads a well as its moms need workplace policies that are more family friendly.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

We Will Not Give Up on Fair Pay

June 8, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
This week, we saw deeply troubling evidence of just how partisan Congress has become.

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Sandra Fluke, Advocate

From the desk of ... Sandra Fluke, Advocate, Repro Health Watch

Risking Women's Health in 50 Different Ways: Anti-Birth Control Advocates Turn to the States

June 7, 2012 | Reproductive Health

"With this common sense bill, we can ensure that Arizona women have access to the health services they need and religious institutions have their faith and freedom protected."

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

America's Women and Families Deserve a Vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act

May 30, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Next week, the United States Senate has the opportunity to address this appalling wage gap by advancing much-needed legislation called the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

An Underhanded Threat to Working Families in Louisiana and Throughout the Country

Over the past year, some workers and their families have rested a little easier knowing they will be able to recover from illness or help a family member do so without sacrificing much-needed income.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

As Older Americans Month Draws to a Close, Let's Not Forget the Older Adults and Caregivers Who Need Us

May 29, 2012

May is Older Americans Month, a time to honor and show appreciation for the older adults in our lives and our communities.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

New Caregiver Protections for Military Families Are a Step in the Right Direction

May 25, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Our nation's service members make enormous sacrifices for our country - and so do their families.

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Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Lee Partridge

There's No Place Like (A Medical) Home

Today, fully 1/3 of our health care spending is wasted on payments for medical mistakes and poor quality care.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman, Repro Health Watch

New Resource: Repro Health Watch Highlights War on Women's Health in the States

May 21, 2012 | Reproductive Health
Facts matter. When the facts about women's health are a central part of the discussion about access to reproductive health care, the conversation changes - and now more than ever, we need that change.

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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Study Shows It's Time to Invest in Paid Leave for U.S. Workers and Families

May 4, 2012 | Work and Family
It is no secret that millions of women are both breadwinners and caregivers for their families, the country is rebuilding its economy, and - at the same time - many federal and state lawmakers are trying to figure out how to reduce spending.

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Christine Monahan, Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Christine Monahan

Eliminating Disparities in Maternal Health

Co-author(s): Kalahn Taylor-Clark
April 26, 2012 | Health Care

How does race and ethnicity intersect with other identities (including sex, gender identity, etc.) in ways that compound barriers to health care and lead to health disparities?

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Medicare Matters to Older Women

April 24, 2012 | Health Care
The Medicare Trustees announced this week that the program will remain solvent until 2024 - the same projection as last year.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

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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