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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

After Four Years, It's Time for Concrete Action - An Executive Order from President Obama - to Help Reduce the Wage Gap

January 29, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
Four years ago today, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act - a law that restored pay discrimination victims' right to have their day in court.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress on Women's Reproductive Rights

January 29, 2013 | Reproductive Health
Last week, after a pro-choice president was sworn in for a second term and as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, something pretty spectacular happened.

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National Partnership Staff

Now is the Time for Paid Sick Days in Philadelphia

January 25, 2013

With a swell of support from a coalition of workers, advocates, businesses and lawmakers, a proposal for a citywide earned paid sick days standard was introduced in the Philadelphia City Council today.

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National Partnership Staff

Video: Charlotte News Anchors and Residents Make the Case for Paid Sick Days

January 25, 2013

In a seemingly impromptu discussion of work and family policies this week, two news anchors at a FOX affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina, offered their opinions on why both paid sick days and paid maternity leave should be basic workplace standards.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

An Integral Step Forward for Women, Families and the Nation

January 23, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
"Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts."

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

By now, we have all heard about or been affected by the influenza outbreak that is sweeping the country and taking a staggering toll. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fair Pay: An Economic Imperative for Women of Color and the Nation

January 9, 2013 | Workplace Fairness
Every day, tens of millions of hardworking women get up, go to work and do all we can to help our employers, keep our jobs and make enough money to put food on the table, pay the bills and provide for our families.

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From the desk of ... Marya Torrez

An Overdue Step in the Right Direction

January 3, 2013 | Reproductive Health
The National Partnership is proud to have been part of a coalition that worked tirelessly - and successfully - to repeal an unjust and discriminatory ban on abortion services for women serving our country in the armed forces.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman

Who really cares about women's health? Listen to your doctor

December 14, 2012 | Reproductive Health
The October 18 edition of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) features a compelling "sounding board" titled, Legislative Interference with the Patient-Physician Relationship.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Voters Want Action on Family Friendly Workplace Policies

December 12, 2012 | Work and Family
Despite all of the attention paid to our differences this election year, the majority of American voters are united on some key issues because of shared experiences.

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National Partnership Staff

Fantastic Video Shows Seattle “Works Well” with Paid Sick Days

December 7, 2012

Seattle’s paid sick and safe time law went into effect on September 1 of this year. A great new video from the city’s Office for Civil Rights, “Why Seattle Works Well,” highlights the benefits of the law for Seattle’s workers and families.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

One Year Later, Let's Make Emergency Contraception More Easily Available to Vulnerable Young Women

December 7, 2012 | Reproductive Health
A year ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was poised to undo the damage done by the Bush Administration, which for political reasons held up over-the-counter approval of Emergency Contraception (EC) for years.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The 'With Model' of Patient and Family Engagement

November 27, 2012 | Health Care
As our national debate over health care reform continues, with its future, at least in part, likely to be shaped by the election, one thing is clear: There is consensus that we need to move to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

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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From the desk of ... Melinda McKew, Repro Health Watch

My Abortion, My Activism: The Impact of Stigma

November 20, 2012 | Reproductive Health

Like all of our clients at the Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network (GRJAN), Jane* called us in desperation. She had become pregnant after her birth control failed, and she simply couldn't afford another child.

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National Partnership Staff

Maryland Paid Sick Days Campaign Kicks Off

November 19, 2012

Advocates, workers, legislators, public health officials and business owners launched a campaign for a paid sick days standard for the state of Maryland last week.

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National Partnership Staff

Election Brings Paid Sick Days Victory in California!

November 15, 2012

Hotel workers in Long Beach, California, are celebrating after voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance this month to establish a living wage and paid sick days standard for those employed by the city’s larger hotels.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Election 2012: Moving Forward on Fairness for Women in the Workplace

November 9, 2012 | Workplace Fairness
Women made a difference this election. Issues like fair pay received attention nationally and at the state level like never before. Women at all levels broke barriers.

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Kirsten Sloan, Vice President

From the desk of ... Kirsten Sloan

Election 2012: Women and Families Need Full Implementation of Health Reform

November 9, 2012 | Health Care
One of the certainties coming out of this week's election is that health care reform is moving forward. And it's about time.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Election 2012: Hope for Workers and Families

November 8, 2012 | Work and Family
For those who advocate day in and day out for family friendly policies, this election brings hope.

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