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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days Standards Promote LGBT Health

As we near the end of LGBT Health Awareness Week — a time to focus on eliminating the health disparities and health care discrimination faced by the LGBT community — we cannot forget the role that access to health care plays in promoting the health and well-being of LGBT workers and their families.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

A Historic Tuesday in the Fight for Fair Pay

March 29, 2011 | Workplace Fairness

It's fitting that the landmark pay discrimination case, Wal-Mart v. Dukes, is being argued before the Supreme Court today, Tuesday, March 29th. Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year women must work to match the amount paid to men in the previous year, falls on a Tuesday.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Right Over Might: The Women of Wal-Mart Fight for Fair Pay

March 28, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes - the high profile class action case involving 1.6 million women who have worked at Wal-Mart.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Affordable Care Act at One

This week is the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act - the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Anniversary a Time to Commit to a New Wave of Workplace Reforms

March 24, 2011 | Work and Family
Locked doors. It's one of the many reasons that 146 workers - mainly young immigrant women - died in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City 100 years ago today. Even though great progress has been made since then, workers today are trapped by a different kind of locked door: public and workplace policies that too often are unfair and force workers to make impossible choices between their caregiving responsibilities and their economic security.

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Laura Hessburg, Senior Health Policy Advisor

From the desk of ... Laura Hessburg, Repro Health Watch

Let's Not Reverse Our Progress on Stopping HIV/AIDS

March 10, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, when we should all pause to remember that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is still shaping and taking too many lives, in the United States and around the globe.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Too Big to Be Held Accountable?

March 1, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
The Women of Wal-Mart Deserve Their Day in Court to Challenge Unfair Pay

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

Just When You Think You've Seen It All

February 28, 2011 | Reproductive Health | Health Care
Sometimes I think there's not much that can surprise me. But last week proved that theory wrong: the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prohibit federal funds for health care services provided by Planned Parenthood, and eliminate funding for all Title X family planning services, which are the sole source of health care for millions of low-income and uninsured women in this nation.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

San Francisco Paid Sick Days Law Is A Proven Success

February 10, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

A new study released today shows that San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) — the first citywide paid sick days standard in the country — has been proven a success.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

What, No Tiara?

Recently, a reporter conducted an analysis of the people considered to be "the most powerful" in the field of health information technology (IT).

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

On the FMLA Anniversary, Let's Focus on the Unmet Needs of Working Families

February 5, 2011 | Work and Family

18 years. That's how long the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been in place. It was the first bill President Clinton signed into law and it remains one of the proudest accomplishments of his presidency.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

California Passes the Nation's Paid Family Leave Test

February 3, 2011 | Work and Family
More than eight years ago, California lawmakers showed a historic commitment to working families in their state by establishing the nation's first paid family leave program. Earlier this month, six-and-a-half years after the program was implemented, the results of its test are in—and they send a compelling message to employers, workers and lawmakers throughout the country.

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From the desk of ... Megan Renner

Real Family Values

January 25, 2011 | Work and Family

Every year roughly four million women give birth in the United States, and most of them (more than three-quarters) start out breastfeeding. Study after study has affirmed the value of breastfeeding in protecting both mothers and children from a host of acute and chronic diseases and conditions, saving billions in health care costs. Breastfeeding mothers also report feeling more closely bonded with their babies—a factor which may lower the risk of postpartum depression.

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

Time to Protect Common Sense.

January 22, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Shame on Them!

January 20, 2011 | Health Care
For decades, women and families have been penalized by punitive and predatory insurance practices that have restricted their access to quality, affordable care. But the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing that. It is the greatest advance for women's health in a generation.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Record High Number of Discrimination Claims Alarming

January 18, 2011 | Workplace Fairness
Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination—announced that charges of discrimination hit an unprecedented level in 2010. News coverage over the past few days has focused on who or what is to blame, and what this could mean for the future.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Data a Sobering Reminder that Nation's Policies are Failing Millions of Workers, Families

January 12, 2011 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Few workplace policies in the United States recognize the dual demands of work and family. Our lack of a paid sick time standard is a prime example. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A Step in the Right Direction

December 17, 2010 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Our country needs more adequate, reasonable and flexible sick leave policies. Tens of millions of workers in this country don't have a single paid sick day. Many of those who do can't use them to meet their family's health needs. As a result, kids and their parents are forced to go to school or work sick, contagion spreads, and public health suffers.

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From the desk of ... Marya Torrez, Repro Health Watch

How Far Have We Come When it Comes to Covering Women's Birth Control? We Shall See.

December 14, 2010 | Reproductive Health
Ten years ago today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that refusing to cover prescription contraception in an employee health plan - if other similar preventive services and prescription drugs were covered in that plan -violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the amendment to Title VII, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. It was a monumental victory for women, many of whom spend the majority of their reproductive lives (approximately three decades) trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy. Women rely on contraception to plan their families, and appropriately and safely space their children.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman, Repro Health Watch

It's Politics v. Science. Again.

December 1, 2010 | Reproductive Health
It's a fact: Contraceptive use improves overall health. It enables women to plan and space their pregnancies. It has contributed to dramatic declines in maternal and infant mortality. And it has been a driving force in reducing unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion.

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