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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

This week, workers all across the country will be tweeting that question to candidates for office at all levels, asking them to support this basic workplace standard or explain why they will not.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Nation's First State Paid Leave Program Turns 10 - Here's to Many More Decades of Success for Workers, Families and Businesses

September 30, 2012 | Work and Family
Last weekend marked a decade since California enacted its groundbreaking state paid family leave insurance program - the first in the nation.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Deeply Disturbing Study Shows Bias Against Women in Science Runs Deep

September 28, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Just days after the release of the National Partnership's analysis of new U.S. Census data that shows a gender-based wage gap exists in nearly every corner of the country, researchers at Yale University have published a powerful new study that shows gender impedes women's advancement in science.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

An Issue that Affects Women in 97 Percent of the Country's Congressional Districts

September 21, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
There is much talk about the challenges facing America's families today. Often the talk is so big picture it's hard to boil it down to what it means for real people, in their homes and communities, at their dinner tables, and in their checkbooks.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Step Forward in Congress for Pregnant Workers and Their Families

September 19, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
It is shameful to think that, nearly 35 years since we banned pregnancy discrimination in this country, pregnant women are still being fired, forced out of their jobs and denied employment and promotion opportunities.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A Sad Day and a Hopeful Lesson in Orange County

September 19, 2012 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days
Late yesterday, it became disappointingly clear that voters in Orange County will not see a proposal for earned sick time on their ballots in November.

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Leticia Mederos, Vice President

From the desk of ... Leticia Mederos

A Roadmap to the Economy Working Families Need

September 13, 2012 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Talk about jobs and the economy seems to be everywhere - on television, online and at millions of kitchen tables across the country.

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From the desk of ... Lisa M. Hollier, Repro Health Watch

A Texas-Sized Disaster

September 11, 2012 | Other > Social Security

Here in Texas, Latinas and African American women fare worse than their Caucasian counterparts on almost every measure of wellness.

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Leticia Mederos, Vice President

From the desk of ... Leticia Mederos

Let's Remember the Many Ways Grandparents Support Their Families

September 9, 2012 | Work and Family

Today is Grandparents Day, when we pause to honor and celebrate a generation that is making enormous contributions to our families and our country.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

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

Unscientific Method: The Akin Argument in Legislating Women's Health

August 31, 2012 | Reproductive Health
The recent comment by Representative Todd Akin (R-MO), that women don't get pregnant from "legitimate" rape because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" provoked an unusual outcry.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day, Let's Ask Congress to Stop Employers from Discriminating Against Pregnant Workers

August 31, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
This week, as the country prepared to celebrate Labor Day, the National Partnership released the results of an unprecedented analysis of the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

For Parents Without Paid Sick Days, Back-to-School Season Brings Stress and Uncertainty

For the millions of employed parents in jobs that don't let them earn paid sick days, it means another set of worries: uncertainty about what to do if a child gets sick.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Because Everyone Matters

August 27, 2012 | Other

The National Partnership is proud to support the new Everyone Matters campaign.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women's Equality Depends on Family Friendly Workplace Policies Like Paid Sick Days

Ninety-two years ago, women in the United States celebrated the greatest step in our march toward equality: the ratification of the 19th Amendment, affirming our right to vote.

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From the desk of ... Dr. Willie Parker, Repro Health Watch

Going to Mississippi: If I Don't, Who Will?

August 14, 2012 | Reproductive Health

If abortion access is "war", then the state of Mississippi is the frontline.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Day for the History Books on Women's Health

August 2, 2012 | Work and Family
There are some important dates for American women to remember and teach to our daughters.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

At Long Last, Preventive Care Will Be Affordable for All Women, Thanks to Health Reform

July 31, 2012 | Health Care
The Affordable Care Act is the greatest advance for women's health in a generation, and tomorrow one of its promises becomes reality for millions of women, who will be healthier and better off as a result.

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Leticia Mederos, Vice President

From the desk of ... Leticia Mederos

Fair Pay for Home Care Workers Cannot Wait Any Longer

July 30, 2012 | Workplace Fairness

Earlier this year, the Obama administration proposed a promising new rule that would extend basic minimum wage and overtime protections to millions of women and men who provide essential home care to children, parents, grandparents and others in need.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

An Energizing Event for Family Friendly Policy Advocates

July 23, 2012 | Work and Family
This month, more than 200 advocates from across the country were here in Washington, D.C., to discuss best practices and next steps in the effort to increase working families' access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Violence Against Women Should Not be a Partisan Issue

July 23, 2012 | Other

Women's groups in the HERvotes coalition rallied in the blogosphere last week to call for the extension of the Violence Against Women Act's lifesaving programs and services for another five years.

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