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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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Laura Hessburg, Senior Health Policy Advisor

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

Celebrating ella

August 19, 2010 | Reproductive Health

On average, women spend at least 30 years being sexually active but trying to avoid pregnancy. That's an awfully long time considering no contraceptive is 100% effective and things don't always work out as planned.

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Pennsylvania Paid Sick Days Advocates Working Hard During the Dog Days

August 17, 2010

While many of us spend time in August vacationing at the beach or in the mountains, Pennsylvania advocates took a trip to their state capitol in Harrisburg — to push for a state paid sick days law.

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Rachna Choudhry, Policy Manager

From the desk of ... Rachna Choudhry

The View from Capitol Hill

In my job, I get to explain the entire narrative of paid sick days to our nation's lawmakers and their staff. It's a rather simple task because most people intuitively get it—and often they have an experience to share.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

And Kagan Makes Three!

August 5, 2010 | Judges and Supreme Court
I am thrilled that the Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court. This is an important milestone in our journey toward equal rights for women - and our nation will be stronger as a result.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

What you shouldn't have to expect when you're expecting

July 23, 2010 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

Owning your own home has long been a central part of the American Dream. It's as American as baseball, apple pie and mom. But according to this column in the New York Times, a lot of moms and moms-to-be are getting short shrift.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

Time to Step Up!

July 21, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

Today the Obama Administration issued a rousing call to action on two of the most important priorities for working women and families — equal pay for equal work, and strong work-family policies.

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

This Morning at the White House...

July 20, 2010 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

They'll be talking about you and me, when Vice President Biden hosts an event focusing on some of the issues that matter most to women's economic security: equal pay and work-family policies.

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NYC's Horses Get Time Off...Will the City's Workers?

July 15, 2010

Yesterday, advocates in New York City rallied in favor of paid sick days legislation next to the carriage horses in Central Park.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

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

Great News: 'Meaningful Use' Rule Released Today!

We've said it before and you know it's true: health information technology is for better health outcomes, not just better technology. And the new regulations released by the Obama administration show that they get it.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Berwick is Appointed!

Today, President Obama appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). I truly believe that Dr. Berwick is the best man for the job - he is a highly qualified candidate with extraordinary skill, vast experience and a deep dedication to improving America's health care system.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

HealthCare.gov: Your Health Care, Explained!

For many American families, women are the ones who gather information, compare plans, and make the decision about which plan best suits their needs and budget. Today, your job got a little easier.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Dr. Berwick... Just What the Doctor Ordered

Enough is enough. Dr. Berwick - nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - has been the victim of partisan and baseless attacks, and at the Campaign for Better Care, we think it's time to set the record straight.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress...Power...Women...Lunch!

June 30, 2010 | Health Care
A heartfelt thanks to the honoree of this year's National Partnership annual luncheon, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who inspired us with her comments on the future of health reform - and the many women in top positions who are working to implement it.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

New Survey: People Need, Want Paid Sick Days

Do you worry about losing your job when you get sick? If you're like 40 million other workers in this country, perhaps you should!

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Portia Wu, Vice President

From the desk of ... Portia Wu

This Fathers' Day, Congress Should Show that it Remembers Dads and Moms Too

June 18, 2010 | Work and Family

On Sunday, people around the country will be finding a way to show our fathers what an important role they play in our lives. So it's ironic that this week Congress missed a chance to show the American people that it understands that dads—and moms, too—deserve policies to help them meet work and family needs.

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Paid Sick Days: The Gift Working Dads Need

June 18, 2010

The traditional Father’s Day gifts are a new tie or a set of golf clubs (and those silly cards that suggest all dads care about are wearing ties and playing golf — not true!). But if we really want to thank our dads for all the times they’ve been there for us, then there’s no better gift than one that allows all fathers to be there for their children: a paid sick days law.

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New York State of Mind

June 11, 2010

Advocates in New York City had reason to celebrate today: New York City Councilman and Labor Committee Chairman James Sanders signed on as the 36th cosponsor of the Paid Sick Time Act.

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Sharyn Tejani, Senior Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Sharyn Tejani

Happy 47th Birthday, Equal Pay Act! You haven't changed a bit!

June 10, 2010 | Workplace Fairness

In 1963, the Equal Pay Act, which prohibits employers from paying women less than men for the same work, became law. A lot has changed in the workplace since then. But the Equal Pay Act is still pretty much the same as it was 47 years ago.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

The Sweet Smell of Progress

June 9, 2010 | Judges and Supreme Court
Earlier this month, I was invited by the White House to watch President Obama nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court. The ceremony was even more moving than I expected, and that took me a little by surprise.

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