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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

September 2, 2014 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Amable Alvarez grew up in a poor, rural village in Spain. As a child, he never got the chance to attend school because his family couldn't afford to be without his help on the farm.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women's Equality Matters

Today, women across the country still routinely face inequality at home, at work and throughout society. And too often, the issues we care most about seem not to matter.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

On its 21st Anniversary, a New Guide to the FMLA

Twenty-one years ago today, the nation’s first – and only – federal law designed to help people manage the dual demands of work and family took effect. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Strong Support for Paid Sick Days Continues

Progress in San Diego and Eugene provide further evidence of strong support for paid sick days. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Time for Schedules That Work

July 25, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Can you imagine not knowing from day to day or week to week whether you will be scheduled to work or what your paycheck will look like? 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Another Unacceptable Equal Pay Day

July 20, 2014 | Workplace Fairness > Fair Pay

The gender-based wage gap is a serious problem for women and families across the country, and it’s appreciably worse for African American women. Today, we’re reminded of just how much worse.

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Carol Sakala, Director of Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Carol Sakala

For the Sake of Women and Newborns: Strengthen Midwifery

June 23, 2014 | Health Care > Maternity

The preeminent medical journal The Lancet has just released its Midwifery Series, a major project to take stock of the contribution of midwifery to the well-being of childbearing women and newborns.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

On Monday, hundreds of lawmakers, businesses, workers, advocates, administration officials and President Obama will gather for a historic White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Family Friendly Policy and Culture Changes Would Be the Best Father’s Day Gift

The gifts, greeting cards and time that will be shared for Father's Day are wonderful, heartwarming tributes. But lawmakers should pay tribute, too, with policy changes.

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From the desk of ... Martha Skeeters, Marion Homier, Repro Health Watch

Oklahomans Fight Back

Oklahomans pride themselves on the way our citizens pull together in emergencies and tragedies. But many residents, unfortunately, also like to call ours the most conservative state.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Mother's Day is here. That means that if you're like many people, you've recently spent some time asking yourself what your mother (or the mothers in your life) need. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What Do Mothers Need? Tools to Make the Best Health Care Choices

May 9, 2014 | Health Care

As Mother’s Day approaches, we’re making it easier for women to manage their families’ health by providing tools and information to help them use their health insurance to access affordable, quality care and to make the best possible health care choices.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What Do Mothers Need? Fair Pay

It’s no surprise these days that women’s wages are essential to their families and our economy. That’s why, as our #WhatMothersNeed week of action continues, we’re talking about the urgent need for fair pay.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What Do Mothers Need? Family Friendly Workplaces

For a country that claims to value families, the United States does little to show it when it comes to the workplace.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

What Do Mothers Need? An End to Pregnancy Discrimination

Mother’s Day is this weekend. And at the National Partnership, we have joined with our allies, members of Congress and activists across the country to take a week-long look at what mothers truly need this year – beyond messages of gratitude.

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Maureen Corry, Senior Advisor for Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Maureen Corry

What Do Mothers Need? Quality Maternity Care

May 5, 2014 | Health Care > Maternity

As Mother’s Day approaches, we renew our commitment to improving the quality of maternity care so women can enjoy safe, satisfying pregnancies and births, and babies can have a healthy start in life. We ask you to join us.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Increased Transparency in Health Care: Good News for Patients and Families

In good news for patients and families, the federal government recently took two important steps to increase transparency. These actions exemplify a changing health care culture that recognizes the need for openness.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Making History for Women and Families

At the National Partnership, we couldn’t be more inspired to make history on the issues of paramount importance to women and their families.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Ryan Budget: Bad for Our Health

April 9, 2014 | Health Care

Budgets reflect priorities. Last week, House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House Republican budget. If adopted, it would take health insurance away from millions of Americans, turn Medicaid into a block grant, and put seniors’ access to comprehensive Medicare coverage in jeopardy.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Let's Leave Mad Men-Era Pay Policies in the Past

There is a reason many of us bristle at the thought of what the nation's workplaces were like for women during the Mad Men era: the almost universal recognition that it was a time when sexism was rampant, when women were routinely devalued, disrespected and blatantly discriminated against.

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