National Partnership for Women & Families

Work & Family

Your family depends on you, and so does your employer. You have to make ends meet both at home and at work. And you need policies that reflect 21st century dynamics. We get it.

It’s time for our nation to show that it values families. All it takes is one major life event — a new baby, a serious illness, losing your job, a family crisis, some unexpected emergency — and everything can unravel. Where’s our economic security?

We’re fighting for you. At the National Partnership, we are proud of our storied history fighting for policies that help you meet the dual demands of work and family.

Other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) started providing  paid maternity leave more than 100 years ago. When will the United States get with the program?

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In the News

From Cooks To Accountants: Hilton Extends Paid Parental Leave To All - NPR

"The conversation has really shifted," says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families. She has seen it change over the past half-dozen years, as several states and a string of cities have passed their own paid parental or family leave policies. Read More

Blog Post

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. Read More


Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools: The Case for a National Paid Sick Days Standard

FACT SHEET | Both parents and educators know firsthand the importance of keeping children healthy, and access to paid sick days for parents can make a real difference. Read More

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