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On ‘Equal Pay Day,’ fight over gender wage gap rages on - McClatchy - DC Bureau

For Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, the issue of equal pay affects nearly every aspect of women’s lives. The gender wage gap “makes it hard to pay mortgage and rent, and has real practical implications for women’s ability to take care of themselves and their families,” Shabo said.

News Coverage | April 3, 2017 | Workplace Fairness

Americans Overwhelmingly Support Paid Leave, But Don't Agree on How to Pay for It - Working Mother

"That’s likely a result of American individualism and a greater familiarity with employers providing–or, more often, not providing–this kind of support. That’s the framework most people are used to in this country," says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 24, 2017 | Work and Family

The GOP’s Health Care Plan Would Seriously Raise the Cost of Having a Baby - TIME Money

"It's a back-door form of discrimination," says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. "If you take away the requirement around what the plans have to cover, and women can't get the same plans as men at an affordable price, then you really can't say it’s not discriminatory."

News Coverage | March 23, 2017 | Health Care, Maternity

Mike Pence gets 'Working for Women' award; women's groups respond: 'How ironic' - USA Today

"When I saw the announcement, I thought it was quite ironic given Pence’s record on restricting women’s access to reproductive rights and healthcare services, which diminishes their economic opportunities and autonomy," said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 22, 2017 | Reproductive Health

How Trump’s budget proposals could impact millions of women - Market Watch

The reduction in resources for the Labor and Justice Departments could lead to less enforcement of equal pay laws and progress toward family leave, said Debra Ness, the president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. “This should be a time when we’re trying to improve opportunities for women in the workplace, making it more family-friendly, eradicating pay discrimination and sexual assault and harassment,” she said.

News Coverage | March 17, 2017 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Families To Pay Price If Maternity Care Coverage Is Cut By GOP - Kaiser Health News

“Anytime you allow people to pick and choose, you’re making the [health] care they don’t pick more expensive,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 14, 2017 | Health Care, Maternity

The GOP’s Obamacare Replacement Is Just a Gigantic Tax on Women - Daily Beast

Stephanie Glover, senior policy analyst at the National Partnership for Women & Families, lays out the AHCA’s one-two-three-four punch to women’s health thusly: “One by one this would be really bad for women’s health. Packaged in a single bill is pretty alarming.”

News Coverage | March 7, 2017 | Health Care

At 'People's Hearing' in Texas State Capitol, Reproductive Rights Advocates Condemn 'Bad Medicine' Laws that Undermine Women's Health Care - PR Newswire

"When abortion opponents turn lies into law as they have in Texas, women pay the price. Doctors are forced to lie to their patients, trusted health care clinics are shut down and women are denied care," said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 3, 2017 | Reproductive Health

What do men get that women don't? Here are a few things - USA TODAY

“There is a lot of work to be done before culture and policy can align toward progress,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | March 1, 2017 | Health Care, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Why I Called Out Jason Chaffetz on Planned Parenthood - TIME

As the presidents of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Partnership for Women & Families wrote in Annals of Internal Medicine, “Proponents of Planned Parenthood defunding often assert that other providers will fill the gap. They are wrong.”

News Coverage | February 21, 2017 | Health Care, Reproductive Health

What's Changed--and What Hasn't--Since Both Presidential Candidates Said We Need Paid Leave - Inc.

The Trump proposal, says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, "would do more harm than good. It reinforces sex stereotypes and creates perceptions that women are the ones who need to stay home with children. Plus, the way they want to pay for it is completely untenable."

News Coverage | February 17, 2017 | Work and Family

Andrew Puzder’s Downfall Is The First Big Win For Women In The Trump Era - Huffington Post

“Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal from consideration for labor secretary is a testament to the power and persistence of women and working people in this country,” Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement.

News Coverage | February 15, 2017 | Work and Family

Health advocates blast new Trump proposals to stabilize Obamacare marketplace - McClatchy

“While the proposed rule issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) states that it aims to improve the health and stability of the exchanges and increase affordability for consumers, in reality it would do neither,” National Partnership President Debra Ness said in a statement.

News Coverage | February 15, 2017 | Health Care

Senate confirms Tom Price as new health secretary - USA Today

"His opposition to contraceptive coverage and abortion care harms women whose access to the full range of reproductive and preventive health services is critical not only to their health and well-being but also to their ability to pursue an education, hold jobs, achieve economic security and function as free and equal members of society," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 10, 2017 | Health Care, Reproductive Health

Next on Congressional GOP Chopping Block: Family Planning Safeguards - Rewire

“Congress is playing politics with women’s health and working to undermine access to care,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 10, 2017 | Health Care, Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood Provides Essential Services That Improve Women's Health - Annals of Internal Medicine

National Partnership President Debra Ness and Hal C. Lawrence, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, discuss the devastating impact that defunding Planned Parenthood would have on women's health.

News Coverage | February 7, 2017 | Health Care, Reproductive Health

Lawmakers propose paid family leave for workers in U.S. - Reuters

Nearly a quarter of new U.S. mothers go back to work within two weeks of giving birth, according to Debra Ness, head of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 7, 2017 | Work and Family

Trump’s Anti-Woman Cabinet: How it All Adds Up - Huffington Post

"From gutting the Affordable Care Act to undermining reproductive health care to weakening workplace protections to opposing measures to stop sexual violence, Trump’s nominees have stood outside the mainstream and against the interests of women," writes National Partnership President Debra Ness.

News Coverage | February 6, 2017 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Surreal PSA Shows Why One Woman Chose To Stay Pregnant For 5 Years - Huffington Post

A PSA from the National Partnership for Women & Families is using a surreal approach to make an important point.

News Coverage | February 1, 2017 | Work and Family

Etsy Just Reported the First Results of Its Gender-Neutral Parental Leave - Fortune

Giving those employees a promotion despite taking parental leave is a nod to Etsy, especially because a 2013 study by Childbirth Connection found that 22% of mothers surveyed for the study were were concerned about the consequences at work for taking leave, such as lower pay, worse assignments or fewer opportunities for promotion.

News Coverage | January 31, 2017 | Work and Family

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