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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Women’s Equality Depends on Equal Access to Family Friendly Workplace Policies

This Women's Equality Day, in light of all the recent attention to paid leave, let's remind Congress that the fight for equal rights for women is far from over.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

What the Overtime Proposal is Really About

The U.S. Department of Labor's proposal to update the country's overtime rules is about our future, and we all have a tremendous amount at stake.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Long Overdue Victory for Equality

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in four same-sex marriage cases today, marriage equality is now the law of the land in all 50 states.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

11 Questions Pregnant Employees Worry About

Navigating the workplace — not to mention workplace politics — can be a challenge for pregnant employees.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Gala to Remember

The National Partnership held its annual gala on June 4, and the speakers, the crowd, the program and the event were extraordinary.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Extraordinary: Facebook Says 'Not On Our Watch' to Poverty Wages, Family Unfriendly Policies

May 13, 2015 | Workplace Fairness | Work and Family

The move makes for an extraordinary moment in the effort to establish more fair and family friendly workplaces in this country.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Honoring Mothers With the Time They – and the Country – Need

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s all commit – or recommit – to ending the days when time is elusive for so many and workers too often have to choose between job and family. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The Supreme Court Should Say 'No' to Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service (UPS) this week, a case that could help secure — or erode — pregnant workers' right to equal treatment.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Reasons to Celebrate – and to be Vigilant – this National Work and Family Month

As the month draws to a close, there are clear signs of progress and frustrating reminders that vigilance remains essential.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Why the Failed Paycheck Fairness Act Vote Matters

It has been quite the week for fair pay for women. On Monday, we witnessed a shameful act when opponents blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate.

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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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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

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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#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? 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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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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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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