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From the desk of ... Rachel Kuenzi

Circuit Courts Ignore Precedent and Set Up Path to Gut Roe

In the last few months, we stood alongside our allies across the country to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because we knew the dire threat he poses to women and families. ...

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Shameful Day In Our Nation’s History

By voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Senators turned their backs on America's women.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Labor Day 2018: Congress Needs to Step Up

Next week the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, we fear — and expect, based on his record — that workers’ rights and the rights of women will be in grave jeopardy.

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Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Gotcha? Hardly!

That is what’s at stake here: our lives. Our right to abortion care and ability to access it is about our health, the well-being and future of our families, our autonomy and our dignity. Ultimately it is about our ability to be equal.

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Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Fasten Your Seatbelt. This Is Going to Be the Fight of Our Lives

July 6, 2018 | Judges and Supreme Court

Sometimes the world changes in a moment. One of those moments came when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

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From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet, National Partnership for Women & Families, and Amy Matsui, National Women's Law Center

Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Record on Women’s Legal Rights

March 29, 2017 | Judges and Supreme Court

Judge Gorsuch’s record on women’s legal rights shows that time and time again, his approach to the law favors employers, politicians, and other powerful entities, and hurts the individuals who rely on the law for protection.  

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2016

“These issues should be at the top of our national agenda.” That was the message Sen. Cory Booker delivered at the National Partnership’s annual congressional briefing. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Supreme Court Should Say 'No' to Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service (UPS) this week, a case that could help secure — or erode — pregnant workers' right to equal treatment.

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Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Vice President for Reproductive Health and Rights

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

When You Marginalize Women’s Health, You Sanction Inequality

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases brought by for-profit corporations challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control benefit, which requires that health plans include coverage for contraception – a basic health service that 99 percent of women use at some point in their lives.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

TEST We Must Honor the Affordable Care Act’s Commitment to Women

Co-author(s): Carol Sakala
November 15, 2013 | Health Care | Judges and Supreme Court

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes key provisions of paramount importance to women... 

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When is a Supervisor Not a Supervisor?

In June, the US Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow to workers' rights in Vance v. Ball State University, a case that could have a chilling impact on victims of harassment and America's civil rights laws.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Same-Sex Couples Deserve Equal Protection Under the Law

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the first of two cases that could significantly affect same-sex couples in this country.

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Supreme Court to Take Up Supervisor Harassment Case

Later this term, the Supreme Court will decide the case of Vance v. Ball State, a case that will have critical implications for the ability of our nation's civil rights laws to root out unlawful workplace harassment.

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Supreme Court Erodes State Workers' FMLA Rights

By a narrow majority, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals has eroded the right of millions of state workers to take job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) when faced with a serious illness, injury, or pregnancy.

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Defending Progress on Health Care

January 17, 2012 | Health Care | Judges and Supreme Court
In March, the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - the health reform law enacted in 2010.

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Supreme Court to Decide State Workers' Rights Under FMLA

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral argument today in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals - a case that could erode the right of millions of state workers to take job-protected, unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when faced with a serious illness.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Shameful: Partisan Politics Block Another Highly Qualified Judicial Nominee

December 7, 2011 | Judges and Supreme Court
All year, we've seen partisan politics impede the progress America needs -- from jobs to anti-discrimination measures to work and family advances to the safety net.

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Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Remembering a Major Step toward Equality in the Courts

September 25, 2011 | Judges and Supreme Court
Thirty years ago today, women and girls in every corner of the country watched with pride as Sandra Day O'Connor raised her right hand, took an oath and became the first woman justice on the Supreme Court.

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Judith 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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Debra L. Ness, President

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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