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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

Tackling the ‘Motherhood Penalty’? Start With Benefits

Women in the workplace often suffer great consequences for taking large amounts of leave, as opposed to their male counterparts, Sarah Fleisch Fink, general counsel and director of workplace policy for the National Partnership for Women & Families, told Bloomberg Law.

News Coverage | May 31, 2018 | Workplace Fairness

Here's How Much the Royal Baby's Birth Cost, Compared to the Average American's

“It’s mostly healthy moms and healthy babies, so these costs are pretty shocking from that point of view,” Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, told MONEY.

News Coverage | April 23, 2018 | Maternity

1 in 3 Americans Don’t Know That a Gender Wage Gap Exists, Survey Says

Nearly 75% of adults in the United States say losing 20% of their salary would be a major problem or crisis. Twenty percent is a big deal. Yet right now, women as a whole are paid 20% less than men. Women of color are paid even less.

News Coverage | April 10, 2018 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Equal Pay Day: How does your state stack up on pay equity for women?

Overall, it amounts to $10,000 in lost wages a year, says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. That chunk of cash could pay for 14 more months of child care, 74 more weeks of groceries and an additional 10 months of rent for the average woman.

News Coverage | April 10, 2018 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Fighting for America’s Health

Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Debra Ness, President and CEO of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a non-profit organization fighting for access to quality health care for all Americans, especially women and children. She discusses the [National Partnership's] advocacy efforts that have informed policies such as the Family Leave Act, the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act.

News Coverage | April 9, 2018 | Health Care, Work and Family

The Supreme Court Should #EndTheLies

“[This is] about the simple proposition that women seeking health care deserve the truth,” Debra L. Ness, the President of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said. “Women deserve unbiased information about their health care options. We have the right to transparent, truthful health information.”

News Coverage | March 29, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Civil Rights Chief At HHS Defends The Right To Refuse Care On Religious Grounds

[Judith] Lichtman is a senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women & Families. She says [Roger] Severino's actions ... suggest he intends to protect people who want to discriminate against women who want birth control or abortions, which she points out are legal health care services.

News Coverage | March 20, 2018 | Health Care

New Report: In a Large Majority of States, 'Bad Medicine' Abortion Restrictions Undermine Abortion Care and Access - MarketWatch

"When anti-abortion lawmakers actively promote junk science and enshrine it into statute, women suffer," said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president for reproductive health and rights at the National Partnership. "Bad medicine abortion restrictions are the result of this kind of harmful, ideological policymaking, and it must stop."

News Coverage | March 7, 2018 | Reproductive Health

Why a Republican Plan for Paid Leave Has Stirred Concern About Social Security - New York Times

“Here you have a situation where women live longer, but they tend to live both sicker and poorer because of the caregiving they do,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit that champions women’s economic security. “With this proposal, we would be asking them to borrow against the already inadequate support they receive from Social Security.”

News Coverage | February 20, 2018 | Work and Family

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