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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Maryland Senate Makes History

March 16, 2017

The Maryland Senate has approved a statewide paid sick days standard, bringing the state the closest it has ever been to joining the nearly 40 jurisdictions across the country with paid sick days laws. This is a historic advance for Marylanders, as well as advocates and lawmakers who have been working for years to secure such a standard.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Yearning for Real Leadership, Compassion and Respect

February 28, 2017 | Other

Tonight, when President Trump speaks to a joint session of Congress, he will face a country that is yearning for real leadership, candor, humility, compassion and respect.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Going Backward on Maternity Coverage Would Be Disastrous for Women’s Health

February 21, 2017 | Health Care > Maternity

At her confirmation hearing last week, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said she thinks it should once again be optional for health plans to cover maternity care.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We’re In the Fight of Our Lives – But We’re In It Together

Experiences like the MAKERS Conference and the Women’s March remind us that we are all in this together and that we must keep challenging ourselves to build a collective force for resistance and change.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Leave Shouldn’t Be a Laughing Matter

February 8, 2017 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Laughing so we don’t cry is a coping mechanism for many of us these days. It can also inspire meaningful action.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Trump’s Anti-Woman Cabinet: How It All Adds Up

From gutting the Affordable Care Act to undermining reproductive health care to weakening workplace protections to opposing measures to stop sexual violence, Trump’s nominees have stood outside the mainstream and against the interests of women. Women must be vigilant and we must resist.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Replacing the ACA May Be High Stakes for Lawmakers – But It’s Even More Important to Women

February 1, 2017 | Health Care

Thousands of news stories have documented the politics around repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Every week, it seems, ACA opponents try out some new spin.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Together, we made history at the Women’s March. Now take the next step!

At the National Partnership, we get it. The Women’s March put the Trump administration and the new Congress on notice, but it was only the first step. Now, we each must do everything we can to create a continuous drumbeat for women’s rights and human rights.

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From the desk of ... Aliya Bean

Scarier than your worst 90’s outfit

January 26, 2017 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) is usually a lighthearted way to show off your best (or worst) 90’s outfit or that funny picture of you as a toddler – but today’s #TBT is not nearly so amusing. Right now, extremists in Congress are working to undermine women’s health and access to care by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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From the desk of ... Theresa Chalhoub

Worse than Your Embarrassing Prom Photo

January 19, 2017 | Health Care

While you may not be able to prevent an embarrassing prom photo from popping up on Facebook today (#TBT), thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many women are able to access basic preventive health care services that were previously out of reach. At least for now.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

With So Much at Stake with Obamacare Repeal, ‘Trust Me’ Simply Isn’t Good Enough

January 12, 2017 | Health Care | Reproductive Health

Offering no details about a replacement package, Republican leaders are asking us to trust them as they strip millions of their health coverage and economic security. That’s simply not acceptable.

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From the desk of ... Stephanie Glover

Thought your #TBT '00s style was bad?

January 12, 2017 | Health Care

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) is usually a fun way to show your friends a bad ’00s hairstyle or your embarrassing family photo from Disney World — but today’s #TBT is no laughing matter. Right now, Republicans in Congress are working to undermine women’s health and access to care by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress, Promise and Peril: The Imperative to Continue Workplace Policy Gains in 2017

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo
January 9, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

The nation is poised for progress, but it will only come if lawmakers recognize that strengthening our economy will require paying as much attention to the kinds of jobs that are available as they pay to creating or keeping jobs in the United States.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Make Value The Priority

January 9, 2017 | Health Care

Historically, our health care system has rewarded the delivery of poor quality care. In this kind of system, health care costs continue to rise but patients fail to improve or stay healthy. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A National Paid Leave Plan Must Check All the Boxes

December 12, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Lawmakers must not forget the principles that make a sound, effective policy — or the stories of people that illustrate why they are so important.

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From the desk of ... Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, and Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women's Health Network, Repro Health Watch

Taking a Principled Approach to the Provision of LARCs

There has been increased attention and funding in recent years for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). While LARCs are part of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive options, there are concerning practices when it comes to who is targeted for long-acting methods and the way in which counseling is provided.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Most Women in the Fast Food Industry Can’t Earn Paid Sick Days, Have Gone to Work Sick

November 22, 2016

Data from a new national survey reveal seven in 10 women working in the fast food industry say they have gone to work with symptoms of illness. Only 14 percent of women in the industry, and a mere 6 percent of women who are paid less than $9 per hour, say they have access to paid sick days. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Voters in Arizona and Washington Choose Paid Sick Days

November 16, 2016

Capping off an already historic year of progress for paid sick days, voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures last week that will mean the nation will soon have seven statewide paid sick days laws. Thirty-nine jurisdictions now do – or will soon – guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick time, and efforts to protect and build upon these victories has become even more important.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Bottom Drops Out

Sometimes life tests you in ways you never expected. The election that shocked the nation dealt a stunning blow to our efforts to make this country more fair, family friendly and healthy.

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From the desk of ... Julia Kortrey

10 Reasons Why Millennials Like Me Should Push for Paid Leave

November 7, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Millennial voices are too often missing from the national conversation about paid leave. Here’s why that must change. 

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