“We have an incredibly dysfunctional, fragmented system that is not very responsive to consumers or family caregivers trying to navigate the system,” says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. “It’s incredibly challenging for women when you consider the lost time, financial cost, and emotional burden it places on them.”
“We don't know the best approaches,” said Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the not-for-profit National Partnership for Women & Families. “It's a time of great innovation and creativity.”
As noted by the National Partnership For Women And Families in 2015, nearly 3 million family households in the U.S. are headed by Latinas and 40 percent of all Latina-headed family households live below the poverty line.
In Massachusetts, women working full time make 82 cents for every $1 men make, earning $11,152 less each year on average, according to a study by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The president of the advocacy group National Partnership for Women & Families in a blog post called the star ratings "a tool consumers need now."
The 2013 Listening to Mothers survey from the National Partnership for Women and Families revealed that almost two-thirds of mothers undergoing their first cesarean indicated the doctor was the decision-maker.
According to a new report by the National Partnership for Women & Families, this wage gap is responsible for women in the U.S. losing out on $500 billion per year.
According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, there have been more than 350 abortion-restriction bills introduced this year, and the group estimates that at least 70 percent of these are based on complete falsehoods.
The National Partnership for Women and Families wanted to publicize its "Lies into Laws" campaign against restrictive state abortion laws with a one-day, $17,600 "home-page takeover" ad that would wrap around the top and both rails of Philly.com's landing page.
“The progress we have seen in recent years is hugely important, not just because of those who have been helped, but also because we now have an irrefutable body of evidence demonstrating that paid sick days policies work well for employers as well as workers,” said Ness, pointing to research showing how paid sick time has little impact on profitability and in some cases has boosted productivity among workers.
“For 45 years, she has been blazing a trail for women in Congress,” said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness. “From health care to reproductive rights to fair pay to child care, she has always found ways to win for women. … When she retires, Barbara Mikulski will leave a void that may never truly be filled.”
The National Partnership for Women and Families says workers with sick days are 28 percent less likely to be injured on the job.
NPR's Audie Cornish interviews National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo.
"The U.S. is woefully behind when it comes to family-friendly policies like paid maternity leave, paid parental leave, paid sick leave, when it comes to some measure of recognition about women's leadership," said Vicki Shabo, a vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. "I think that has real consequences for how women are able to get into and advance in the workplace and in the economy."
“This could coerce employees into providing information that they would otherwise not provide about their health,” said Sarah Fleisch Fink, senior policy counsel with the National Partnership on Women & Families, which was among dozens of groups that wrote comment letters seeking changes in the draft rule.
It is becoming easier for consumers to evaluate Affordable Care Act health insurance plans online, though more could be done to enhance the user experience on the exchange websites, according to a report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, advised MTV on the policy issues and research studies relevant to the issue of gender-based pay quality. “The 79 percent number is known, but people don’t always consider the consequences. Reducing the median American income by $10,700 for women translates into 83 weeks of food, or 11 months of rent, or nine years of birth control,” she told The Daily Beast.
Data for these metrics was drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Child Care Aware of America, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Council for Community and Economic Research, National Partnership for Women & Families, and WalletHub’s own research.
The National Partnership for Women & Families, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, looked at California, the first state to enact a paid family leave law, and found that first-time mothers who take paid leave are more likely than those who take unpaid leave or no leave to return to the same employer.
Making progress for women and families is at the heart of Vicki Shabo's inspiration. As the vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, she's doing just that as she works to create a more family-friendly and fair America.
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