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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Helping Men Care: Father’s Day is the Perfect Time to Fight for Paid Leave

Today’s dads aren’t the same as their own fathers. One indication of the change is the fact that fathers in the United States have nearly tripled the time they spend caring for children since 1965. But our paternity leave policies and the uptake of leave haven’t kept up with the change. It’s time to press the update button.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Let’s Press for Progress on Gender Equality Through a Strong U.S. Paid Leave Policy

On International Women's Day, it is difficult to ignore the fact that the United States is an international outlier when it comes to paid leave.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Together to Unrig the System for Working People

February 24, 2018 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

Workers need strong workplace policies – and strong unions – to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. But working people are under attack.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why Paid Leave Means... Everything

Co-author(s): Vicki Shabo

Twenty-five years after we won a national unpaid leave law, it's time to finally win paid leave.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Paid Family and Medical Leave Means a Stronger Nation

Our country is in the midst of an extraordinary, long-overdue moment. In historic ways, women and our allies are coming together to demand change, and guaranteeing paid family and medical leave for all is essential to winning that fight.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Moment, a March and a Movement Poised to Win the Policies Women and Families Need

Many of us — including women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and people with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness — recognize that Trump's federal government is putting all of us last.

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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

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

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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