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Pregnant Women Are Losing Their Babies on the Job and Many Employers Don’t Care

Sarah Fleisch Fink, general counsel and director of workplace policy for the National Partnership for Women & Families, reminds women to “educate themselves on what protections there might be.” Even if the Pregnancy Discrimination Act can’t help you, “if there’s a Human Resources department, go to HR, or if it’s a unionized workforce, go to your union rep. Find out if people have been accommodated.”

News Coverage | October 22, 2018 | Workplace Fairness

"Won't Be Erased" Tweets Defend Trans & Non-Binary People Against Trump's New Reported Plan

The National Partnership for Women & Families released a statement on Sunday, saying Trump's reported plan is "an attempt to not only disenfranchise trans people but to enshrine 'Proud Boy' culture into law." The group made it clear they were ready to join others in fighting back.

News Coverage | October 21, 2018 | Health Care

Why Getting Paid Leave Right Is A Racial Justice Imperative That You Should Care About

Today, black women are paid 61 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, Native women just 58 cents and Latinas 53 cents. The wage gap women of color experience is especially devastating given that 81 percent of black mothers are breadwinners for their families, as are more than half of Latina mothers.

News Coverage | October 11, 2018 | Work and Family

Gun violence, health care among top concerns for women, especially minorities, new survey finds

“November will be an important time for change,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, in regards to the upcoming midterm elections next month.

News Coverage | October 1, 2018 | Health Care

'Rise up, women!': Angry crowds flood Capitol Hill to protest Brett Kavanaugh nomination

After Flake announced his surprise move to tie an FBI probe to his final vote on the nominee, Amalya Smith, with the National Partnership for Women and Families, who was addressing the crowd, announced that Flake is "manning up," triggering wild cheering. Then she added, "or, womaning up."

News Coverage | September 28, 2018 | Judges and Supreme Court

How A Boy’s Delivery Tests A 'Team Birth Project' Aimed At Reducing C-Sections

Another contributor, Carol Sakala, the project's standard practices could rein in the hospitals that perform too many C-sections. But she worries about the focus on hospitals.

News Coverage | September 25, 2018 | Health Care, Maternity

Clarence Thomas hearing witness: Let's not do 1991 all over again

The woman, we all know, was Anita Hill. And I was there as her story unfolded. Twenty-seven years ago, on Yom Kippur eve, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in my role as President of the Women's Legal Defense Fund, which became the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | September 20, 2018 | Judges and Supreme Court

Bipartisan consensus on paid family leave is a terrible thing to waste

A new survey by the National Partnership for Women & Families found that eight out of 10 voters support a comprehensive national paid family and medical leave plan that covers people for all of the reasons included in the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

News Coverage | September 19, 2018 | Work and Family

How schools are failing working parents — and how some are helping

When it comes to schools providing care, the problem is largely one of funding, says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. The federal government, she says, should do more to help. A cohesive federal policy to fund after-school care, rather than what she calls today’s “patchwork” of programs, would “ease the burden on local school districts.”

News Coverage | August 31, 2018 | Work and Family

Sen. Marco Rubio shouldn’t ask parents to delay Social Security to get family leave

“We appreciate that Sen. Rubio and Rep. Wagner are looking for a way to provide the paid leave America’s families urgently need,” said the Partnership’s president, Debra L. Ness, “but a program that only covers parents caring for new children, provides no leave for family care and personal medical needs, and forces parents to choose between paid leave and retirement security is absolutely the wrong way to go."

News Coverage | August 2, 2018 | Work and Family

How the slow sabotage of Obamacare may hurt America’s breastfeeding rate

The ACA did some very important things but I would say it’s only a piece of the broader constellation of measures that would improve women’s and infant’s health, said Carol Sakala, director of childbirth connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | July 13, 2018 | Health Care, Maternity

Paid Family Leave Can Make It Through Congress This Year, Predicts Key GOP Senator

Paid family leave is already required in six states and numerous cities covering 41 million people, National Partnership for Women & Families Vice President for Workplace Policies and Strategies Vicki Shabo testified.

News Coverage | July 12, 2018 | Work and Family

If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion

"It's not a question of if; it's a question of what or when," says Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president for reproductive health and rights at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | July 10, 2018 | Reproductive Health, Judges and Supreme Court

With Roe in the Balance, Two Republicans Hold High Court in Their Hands

“These are two women who have been very clear, over many decades, that our constitutional right that protects women’s most important right of privacy — their right to reproductive rights — is important to them,” said Judith L. Lichtman, former president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | June 28, 2018 | Reproductive Health, Judges and Supreme Court

With executive order, Va. governor expands paid family leave for state employees

Parental leave benefits for state employees remain “sparse and uncommon,” but they are part of a trend, said Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “This is part of the momentum that we’re seeing.”

News Coverage | June 26, 2018 | Work and Family

Health care officials react on Affordable Care Act mandate

Earlier this month, the Trump administration argued in a brief filed in a Texas federal lawsuit, that the ACA provisions protecting people with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer should be struck down.

News Coverage | June 21, 2018 | Health Care

Black Women Face More Trauma During Childbirth

In the third Listening to Mothers survey, compiled by the maternity care nonprofit Childbirth Connection, 10 percent of black moms said they were “often” or “always” treated poorly in the hospital due to their race or background, compared to just 3 percent of white moms and 7 percent of Latina mothers.

News Coverage | June 18, 2018 | Health Care, Maternity

Teens face a gender pay gap, too. Here’s how to help them navigate it.

According to Vicki Shabo, vice president for the National Partnership for Women & Families, explicit and implicit messages that young and teen girls receive from parents and employers about girls going the extra mile without complaining or asking for compensation can create a troubling lifelong pattern.

News Coverage | June 12, 2018 | Workplace Fairness

Double duty: Caregivers take on a second shift in an aging America

“These are folks who are struggling,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. “Without income when they need to take time off of work, they face falling deeper into a financial hole. They may need to rely on public assistance. They may need to go into debt.”

News Coverage | June 4, 2018 | Work and Family

Nonpartisan report finds biggest barriers to women’s health are from Wisconsin politicians

According to the National Partnership’s report, Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda Is Undermining Abortion Care and Access in Wisconsin, Wisconsin has a number of abortion restrictions that bear no relationship to medical standards; undermining health care providers’ efforts to provide the highest quality, patient-centered care; and taking decision-making away from women.

News Coverage | June 1, 2018 | Reproductive Health

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