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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, Director of Work and Family Programs

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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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

AIDS Memorial Quilt Month-Long Display Begins Saturday

July 20, 2012 | Other

Starting this weekend, those in the Washington, D.C. area have a rare chance to view a powerful and poignant reminder of the impact of HIV/AIDS.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Women of D.C. Deserve Better

July 18, 2012 | Reproductive Health
For decades, Congress has unfairly restricted women's access to reproductive health services in the District of Columbia in ways it is unable to do in the states.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Yahoo Sets an Example by Hiring a Pregnant CEO, But There's More to the Story for Working Mothers

July 18, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
Ever since the news broke this week that Yahoo has hired Marissa Mayer to be its new chief executive officer, the media has been abuzz about the fact that she'll be the first-ever pregnant CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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From the desk of ... Cristen Hemmins, Repro Health Watch

Still Fighting for the Women of Mississippi

July 11, 2012 | Reproductive Health

Last year, Mississippi forced me to become a political activist.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Looking Past the 'Having it All' Distraction

June 27, 2012 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness
Yet again, we're in the midst of a media firestorm over women's roles in our workplaces and our families.

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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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From the desk of ... Lisa Brown, Repro Health Watch

Women's Health Care Should Never Be A Political Game... But That Is Exactly What It Has Become

June 26, 2012 | Reproductive Health

Women's health care should never be a political game.

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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, Director of Work and Family Programs

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, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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

May 30, 2012 | Work and Family
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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