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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

Choosing a Health Plan 101

December 18, 2013 | Health Care

While every family has unique health care needs, all women need a basic foundation of knowledge to help them pick the plan that’s best for them.  

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

Tonight, the City Council in Newark, New Jersey, built on the great momentum we’ve seen around common sense paid sick days policies this year by passing its own standard. 

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

D.C. Poised to Strengthen Paid Sick Days Law

It’s a good day for D.C. Today, the City Council voted unanimously to strengthen the District’s paid sick days law to cover more workers.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Coalition “Rallies” in Support of the FAMILY Act

More than 400 organizations have joined together to push for passage of the FAMILY Act. To mark its introduction, coalition members published blog posts, issued press statements, wrote op-eds and more.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

The FAMILY Act—Legislation the Nation Needs Now

We have been proud to partner with Working Mother in recent years to galvanize support for a national paid leave program. Today, we celebrate a tremendous and exciting step forward in that effort.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Take It From Moms: America’s Families Need the FAMILY Act

December 12, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Leave

Stephanie was the sole breadwinner for her family when her twins were born three months early and had to be hospitalized.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Fighting Back: The Women’s Health Protection Act

December 3, 2013 | Health Care > Reproductive Health

The Women's Health Protection Act would support women’s ability to make personal health care decisions unhindered by callous and unnecessary state regulations.

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From the desk of ... Cianti Stewart-Reid, Repro Health Watch

A New Direction for Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights in Virginia

Voters in Virginia faced a clear choice when it came to women’s health and reproductive rights in the Virginia governor’s race.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Map: The Preemption Trend Continues

November 22, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Support for paid sick days continues to grow. Meanwhile, opponents continue trying to thwart paid sick days efforts through "preemption" legislation.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay, Health IT

How Do I Get to Healthy?

What if, instead of plugging in your destination address, you could ask for directions to get to healthy?

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

We Must Honor the Affordable Care Act’s Commitment to Women

November 15, 2013 | Health Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes key provisions of paramount importance to women... 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Expanding Access to Family Leave in Pennsylvania

November 14, 2013 | Work and Family

As the organization that drafted and led the fight for the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the National Partnership knows that it was always meant to be a first step in helping people meet their work and family needs.

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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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Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Senior Health Policy Counsel

From the desk of ... Lauren Birchfield Kennedy

Setting the Record Straight on Guaranteed Maternity Coverage

November 1, 2013 | Health Care

Requiring all marketplace plans to include maternity coverage not only guarantees that women are treated equally in the insurance market, it also protects women and families from exorbitant pregnancy-related medical bills. We should all be embracing these benefits, not disparaging them.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Then and Now: Pregnancy Discrimination Hurts Women and Their Families

It's the early 1970s. The women's movement has made great strides. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," featuring independent, career woman Mary Richards, is climbing the ratings charts... 

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From the desk of ... Tannia Esparza, Repro Health Watch

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Decisions: Albuquerque Communities Respect Decisions About Abortion

“Mija, I think that a woman should make her own decision about abortion for herself. It’s her body and no one is in her shoes to decide for her.” These are the words of my father, a proud immigrant from Michoacán, Mexico, a domestic worker, a brother to five sisters and a father to three daughters.

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

Newark Continues the Paid Sick Days Momentum

October 30, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Jersey City just became the first city in the Garden State with a paid sick days law. Now, the Newark City Council has taken a critical step toward doing the same in the state’s largest city. 

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Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor

From the desk of ... Judith L. Lichtman

It's Official: Jersey City Will Guarantee Paid Sick Days

October 21, 2013 | Work and Family > Paid Sick Days

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop signed the nation’s seventh paid sick days law, securing the city’s position as a leader for working families and bringing us closer to the day all workers have the right to earn sick days.

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From the desk of ... Amy Allina, Repro Health Watch

Taking Bold Action to Lift Abortion Coverage Bans: States and Cities Lead the Way

Nestled in the Appalachian mountains, Charleston, West Virginia wouldn’t at first glance seem to have much in common with Cerritos College, a predominantly Latino community college with its campus in Los Angeles...

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