National Partnership for Women & Families

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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

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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Standing Up for Women and Families in 2014

With demand on the rise for measures that will make our country more healthy, fair and family friendly, the National Partnership convened a special congressional briefing to discuss the policies women and families want this year.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Advancing Women and Families in 2014

Following President Obama’s historic call for paid leave in the State of the Union, nearly 16,000 people joined a telephone town hall to discuss the need for a women’s economic agenda.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

President Obama's State of the Union address was a compelling call for a more fair and family friendly nation. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Good News for New Jersey's Working Families

New Jersey became a little more family friendly last week.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

We Must All Become Advocates

We can – and will – continue to make progress toward a more fair and family friendly nation by winning the fight for policies like the FAMILY Act. But it’s going to take hard work. And we must all become advocates. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Progress on ENDA is a Long Overdue Step for Fairness

November 5, 2013 | Workplace Fairness

Across the country, eight million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers put in the same hours and make the same contributions as their co-workers, yet no federal law protects them from unequal, harmful treatment. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Victory for Home Care Workers and the Nation

September 17, 2013 | Workplace Fairness

Today, in a tremendous victory for home care workers, fair pay, quality care and the nation, the Labor Department issued regulations that will extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. 

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

An Unfinished Agenda

August 26, 2013 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

It has been 93 years since women gained the right to vote. A lot has changed in those years.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Day to Remember, A March That Must Continue

On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of men and women came together in Washington, D.C., for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Fifty years later, the march continues.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

When is a Supervisor Not a Supervisor?

In June, the US Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow to workers' rights in Vance v. Ball State University, a case that could have a chilling impact on victims of harassment and America's civil rights laws.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Ensuring Fairer, More Family Friendly Workplaces for All

August 7, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

People across the country experience the challenges that come from our nation’s outdated workplace policies. But the strain between responsibilities at home and on the job is especially acute when a baby is born or a new child arrives.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

Fair Pay Depends on a Fair Minimum Wage

July 24, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

People across the country are rallying in their communities and online today to mark the four-year anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase, and to call on Congress to prioritize passage of a measure that would help bring it up-to-date.

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Sarah Crawford, Director of Workplace Fairness

From the desk of ... Sarah Crawford

Advancing a Women’s Economic Agenda

July 18, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

It’s no surprise anymore that women are essential engines in our national and family economies. Women are nearly half of the workforce, breadwinners in two-thirds of households, and primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households with children. Women and families across the country know this reality well.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Advancing the Nation’s 75-Year-Old Vision of Fair Workplaces

July 1, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

Seventy-five years ago last week, the nation celebrated a major victory for women and families when the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) became law.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Victory for Equality!

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a historic victory for same-sex couples and our nation’s promise of equal protection under the law.

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Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Progress for Working Families Sweeps the Nation

June 21, 2013 | Work and Family | Workplace Fairness

From Connecticut to Oregon to Hawaii, lawmakers in states across the country are stepping up to pass proposals that increase working families’ ability to be responsible employees and family members without sacrificing their financial stability.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Equal Pay Act Turns 50: The Times They’ve Been a-Changin’

1963 was a year of great change for our country. Martin Luther King, Jr., said the words “I Have A Dream,” President John F. Kennedy and civil rights activist Medgar Evers were assassinated, Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique first hit bookstore shelves and the Equal Pay Act was signed into law.

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National Partnership Staff

From the desk of ... National Partnership Staff

A Day of Action on Fair Pay

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act — a 1963 law aimed at closing the gap between the wages of men and women. But, despite this landmark law, a significant gender-based wage gap persists.

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