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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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Lynn Feinberg, Campaign Director

From the desk of ... Lynn Feinberg

Honoring our Families During National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month

Imagine living with someone you are crazy about who gradually turns into a stranger. Alzheimer's disease is a heartbreaking disease, not just because it takes a loved one in death, but because first, it takes that person's mind, personality, memory and character - the things that made us love them in the first place.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Continuing the March toward Equality

November 18, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

A few weeks ago, voters sent a clear message: They want Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to address the issues facing working families. But when Senators took their first vote after returning to Washington, they missed the chance to do just that. Yesterday's vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act was a failed opportunity and a real disappointment for all of us who care about fairness, women's progress, and economic security for working families.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Final Hour for Fair Pay?!

November 15, 2010 | Workplace Fairness
Today, the Senate returns to Washington --- and the Paycheck Fairness Act is one of the first bills on its agenda. Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is more important than ever.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Success is Inevitable

November 9, 2010 | Work and Family

Today's working families are juggling 'Ozzie and Harriet' policies in a web 2.0 world, and it's simply not sustainable. Workers are struggling to care for their families while both parents hold jobs. Families are straining to meet increasing child- and eldercare responsibilities. Parents have little savings to fall back on, and few jobs - and even fewer good jobs - to apply for, should they lose the jobs they have.

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