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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

15 Years, Five Key Lessons: California Continues to Lead the Nation Toward Paid Leave for All

With recent attention to the country’s dismal record of making paid leave available to workers, and growing consensus around the need for a national solution, it’s easy to forget the decades of work and milestone victories that have made this moment possible. One of the first happened 15 years ago this week, when California created the nation’s first state paid family leave program.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Don’t Just Tell Grandparents You Care, Fight for Their Ability to Care and Be Cared For

Sunday is National Grandparents Day, a time to celebrate the millions of grandparents who provide so much for our families and our country. Our nation’s grandparents are not only treasured members of our families; they also take on significant caregiving and breadwinning responsibilities.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

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Stand Up for Workers and Unions This Labor Day

September 1, 2017 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Working people and organizations across the country are coming together to stand up and speak out to remind elected officials that America needs strong workplace protections and strong unions. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women Continue to Resist and to Insist on Equality for All

There is another side to the nation’s story right now – the story of the power and persistence of women. Our voices are the ones that have changed, and will continue to change, the nature of power.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

#MomsDontNeed

Holidays are nice. Progress is nicer.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women & Families in 2017

“This is the time to move women’s rights forward, not roll back the progress we have made over decades.” 

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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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Debra L. Ness, President

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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Debra L. Ness, President

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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Debra L. Ness, President

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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Debra L. Ness, President

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 ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet and Sarah Fleisch Fink

A Double Bind: When States Deny Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Expecting and New Parents

It’s the most basic of rights and foundational to our ability to thrive: Every person should have the freedom to decide if, when and how to raise a family. But for many women struggling to make ends meet, this is not reality.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Kind of Paid Leave Program the Country Needs

Sometimes we simply have to pause to say: Wow! At the National Partnership, we’ve pioneered education and advocacy to advance family and medical leave in this country.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Eight Labor Days

September 5, 2016 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Today is the eighth and final Labor Day the country will celebrate with Barack Obama as its president. It’s well worth taking a moment to appreciate his deep and enduring commitment to equal opportunity for women in the workplace.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Activism Can Change the Landscape for Expecting and New Parents

August 26, 2016 | Work and Family

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Failing Our Families

In the United States today, whether you can take a few paid sick days or a few weeks of paid family or medical leave, and whether your employer must make reasonable accommodations that allow you to continue working through your pregnancy, all depend on where you work.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

What Advice Would You Give Young Women in the Workplace?

April 21, 2016 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

MTV asked that question as it announced its 79% Work Clock and effort to call attention to the gender wage gap. This was my response.

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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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An Inspiring Day of Action on Paid Leave

When you spend most of your days walking the halls of Congress advocating for policies you truly believe in, you quickly learn that some days are special.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Voters Say It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave

23 years. During that time, you can raise and put a child through college. Transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease. Move the country from “don’t ask, don’t tell” to marriage equality for all.

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