National Partnership for Women & Families


From the desk of ... Julia Kortrey

10 Reasons Why Millennials Like Me Should Push for Paid Leave

November 7, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Millennial voices are too often missing from the national conversation about paid leave. Here’s why that must change. 


Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Director of Health Policy

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Don’t Be Deterred or Misled – You Can Sign Up for Affordable Health Coverage Now!

November 2, 2016 | Health Care

In this election season, the importance of advancing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become even clearer. Yesterday marked the start of the open enrollment season for plan year 2017. As is always the case, open enrollment provides a critically important chance for individuals and families to sign up for affordable health insurance plans.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

This Congress Should Take The Opportunity To Make Progress For Pregnant Workers

When Congress reconvenes, members will have a chance to show America’s families that progress is possible. Rather than continuing a dismal record of inaction, they should use this lame duck session to move the country forward.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Double Bind Punishes Low-Income Families as Lawmakers Deny Women Abortion Coverage and Fail to Support Parenting

September 30, 2016 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom the ways laws and policies evolve in this country, with little coherence and an often-painful disregard for their impact. Today marks 40 years of the Hyde Amendment. It may be impossible to fully grasp the extraordinary harm this punitive policy has done.


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.


Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

We Cannot Remain a Nation of Paid Leave Haves and Have-Nots

September 26, 2016 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

New data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrate how far the country still has to go when it comes to paid leave access.


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.


Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Airbnb Takes a Strong Stand Against Discrimination

September 8, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Those of us who have spent our careers fighting discrimination in all its forms have been deeply concerned by reports of bias by Airbnb hosts, and allegations that Airbnb’s platform might have helped facilitate some of the discrimination. 


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.


Carol Sakala, Director of Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Carol Sakala

A New Look (and Updated Content) for

Co-author(s): Maureen Corry
September 1, 2016 | Health Care > Maternity

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated – our online hub for evidence-based information on childbirth and maternity care. 


From the desk of ... Debra Ness, David Lansky, Richard Gilfillan, Fran Soistman and Jay Cohen

How Person-Centered Is Your Health Care Organization?

August 30, 2016 | Health Care

The movement to transform the country’s health care delivery system has been underway for several years now, and some moments of truth are approaching. 


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Activism Can Change the Landscape for Expecting and New Parents

August 26, 2016 | Work and Family


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.


From the desk of ... Julie A. Burkhart, Repro Health Watch

Pedal to the Metal: Trust Women in Oklahoma

Two weeks after Dr. George Tiller was assassinated at his church, I told his wife I was going to re-establish abortion services in Wichita, Kansas.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Hospital Compare: A Tool Consumers Need Now

July 21, 2016 | Health Care

Every day, consumers make choices about which hospitals they or their families will use – and too often, they make those decisions without enough information to guide them.


From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

An Opportunity to Advance Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Co-author(s): Stephanie Glover
July 8, 2016 | Health Care | Other > Medicare

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will bring the biggest change in decades to how we pay physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care providers who treat Medicare beneficiaries. 


From the desk of ... Caitlyn Caruso, Campus Organizer, Advocates for Youth , Repro Health Watch

What Happens in Vegas Changes Nevada: The Fight for Comprehensive, Inclusive Sex Education in Sin City

June 17, 2016 | Reproductive Health

On May 24, 2013, hope had died for me. I had been working for the last six months on a comprehensive sex education bill here in my home state of Nevada only to see it die in the state Senate.


Sarah Lipton-Lubet, Director of Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Sarah Lipton-Lubet

The Do No Harm Act: An Opportunity to Protect Women and Families from Discrimination

Earlier this month, I joined a strong group of civil rights advocates on Capitol Hill to celebrate the introduction of the Do No Harm Act of 2016. 


From the desk of ... Theresa Chalhoub

Further Improvements to ACA Marketplace Websites Are Helping Consumers Find the Right Health Insurance Plans, but More Progress Needed

May 19, 2016 | Health Care

During the third open enrollment period, which ran from November 2015 through January 2016, roughly 12.7 million people purchased health insurance through the marketplace.


Maureen Corry, Senior Advisor for Childbirth Connection Programs

From the desk of ... Maureen Corry

Good News for Women and Babies: New Toolkit Aims to Help Providers and Hospitals Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Number of Unnecessary Cesareans

May 18, 2016 | Health Care > Maternity

On the heels of last month’s Cesarean Awareness Month, there has been robust public discussion about how to reduce the high cesarean birth rate in the United States.


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