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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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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Changing the Game: Workplace Flexibility for All

November 4, 2010 | Work and Family
The National Partnership was pleased to be invited to participate in the National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility in smaller businesses, sponsored by the White House and U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas, Texas last month. This event was the first of four National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility events, scheduled for 2010 and 2011. Next up is a regional event in Atlanta next week focused on workplace flexibility in the health care industry.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Imperative to Protect Women's Economic Security

October 22, 2010 | Workplace Fairness
President Obama has made protecting women's economic security a priority since Day One.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

The Gap that Keeps on Giving: Paycheck Unfairness Hurts in Retirement Too

October 7, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

It is well-documented that the wage gap hurts women and their families by denying them the fair wages that would help them pay for essential items like groceries, gasoline, and rent or mortgage payments. But the pay gap hurts women long after they have left the workforce, too.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Power of Three

October 4, 2010 | Judges and Supreme Court

It's the first Monday in October, and the Supreme Court convenes today for a new term. But this term is different from all others because, today for the first time ever, three women are serving together on our highest court. It is significant -- momentous -- that one-third of the Court is female, even though that fraction does not yet represent our proportion of the population. But it is a sign of progress that was once almost unimaginable for me and most of my peers.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days - On Hold for Too Long

Throughout the long, hot summer — despite the veto-proof majority in the New York City Council, despite the endless terrible experiences of workers who've been forced to work sick, despite the loads of testimony in favor of the Paid Sick Time Act — New York's proposed paid sick days law has remained in limbo. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Six Months After Health Reform There is Much to Celebrate...And Lots of Work Ahead

Six months ago today, President Obama signed the health care bill into law. And with his signature, our health care system was opened up for renovation. But, like any remodeling job, we've got a long way to go before the final product will be ready for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

Time is running out - Call now!

September 15, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

Congress has only a few weeks left before it adjourns for the election - and the Senate still hasn't taken up the Paycheck Fairness Act. Time is running out, and women deserve - and need - fair pay.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Five ways to show your grandparents you care

Sunday was National Grandparents Day - and this year, we can do more for our grandparents than send candy or flowers. Let's take action to improve the health and economic security of our grandparents — and all of America's grandparents.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Beaches, burgers, and bringing up better care…

The Labor Day weekend is upon us, and many of you will be able to enjoy a much-needed holiday.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Today of All Days, Be Heard!

August 26, 2010 | Workplace Fairness
Today is Women's Equality Day, when we celebrate the fact that, 90 years ago, a group of dedicated women and men made history when the 19th Amendment passed, guaranteeing a woman's right to vote.

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