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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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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

#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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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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