“It’s an unprecedented coalition, and I think that really speaks to the depth and breadth of this growing problem we’re seeing,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, the director of reproductive health programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, the organization that spearheaded the new report. “We thought it was really important to come together and expose what was happening here.”
According to the report, written jointly by the National Partnership for Women & Families, National Physicians Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, more than 15 million Americans live within a mile of a fracking well that was recently drilled.
“This past year, in part because of heightened momentum and the emphasis that Obama has put on paid leave, we’ve seen 17 states propose legislation based on this issue,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Planned Parenthood supporters voiced outrage over the hearings, calling them “callous” and “mean-spirited.” Said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, in a statement.
Since FMLA’s inception in 1993, American men and women have used it more than 200 million times, the National Partnership for Women & Families estimates.
“Today, extremists pushed an unconstitutional national 20-week abortion ban, and tomorrow they threaten to continue holding the federal budget hostage to their dangerous agenda,” said Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families, via statement. “It’s past time politicians exit the exam room. Women in this country need and deserve access to comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion care.”
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, has pushed for minimum standards in electronic health records to ensure they collect enough information on patient ethnicity and other factors to inform care. It’s also demanded that records be made available to patients in multilingual formats that explain jargon in layman’s terms, said Mark Savage, the director of health information technology policy and programs.
Our own Debra L. Ness discusses our changing workplace culture.
New U.S. Census Bureau data released just today determined that women and their families are losing $10,672 in income every year due to the gender-based wage gap, says Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Experts like Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, say universal paid leave could help change this culture. A culture in which, studies show, employers consider mothers to be less competent and less committed to their jobs, and moms receive fewer raises and promotions than childless coworkers.
"The business school community was missing from the debate," says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, the advocacy group behind the letter.
We hope that this adds to the tremendous momentum in support of paid leave, and to the efforts of advocacy groups like the National Partnership for Women & Families, which is leading the charge for the FAMILY Act.
“This harmful gap has remained largely unchanged for the past decade,” the partnership’s president, Debra Ness, said in a statement. “Coupled with the president’s paid sick days and paid family and medical leave announcement earlier this week, this rule is further evidence that the progress working families urgently need is possible.”
"The FAMILY Act would mean we could take the time we need to recover from a serious illness, take care of a loved one or welcome a new child," writes National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo in this piece for Working Mother magazine.
Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families, says today's leave policies have a socioeconomic divide. "As we saw with Netflix, sometimes companies have one set of policies for their most highly compensated ... white-collar workers and then a different set of policies or no policies at all for their hourly workers or lower-skilled workers," Shabo says
When speaking in support of the measure, Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) cited a study by the National Partnership for Women and Families, which found that working women in California lose $33.6 billion each year due to the wage gap.
This blog post by National Partnership President Debra L. Ness reminds parents and caregivers about the value of health data access especially during back-to-school season.
Health information technology plays a critical role in national efforts to reform health care, says Mark Savage, director of health information technology policy and programs at the National Partnership of Women and Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization in the District of Columbia that leads the Consumer Partnership for eHealth. "These systems can lead to better health, better care and better value for people across the country," says Savage, noting that many consumers want online access to their records.
"If somebody gets access to your checking account, the bank will reimburse you. If somebody gets access to your health information, there's a broader range of things that can happen and it doesn't necessarily un-ring that bell," says Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs with the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The National Partnership's Debra L. Ness authored this blog post about the U.S. Department of Labor proposed updates to the rules that determine who qualifies for overtime pay.
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