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How Medicare Data Could Revolutionize Health Care - Yahoo! News

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, told USA Today the new data may trigger a sea change in health care. “I think this is very exciting and it has been a long time coming,” she said. “I think it’s part of a much larger cultural change in health care… There are a lot of times people think they’re doing the right thing, but until they step back and see the data and compare to others, they may not realize they are consistent with best practices or their peers.”

News Coverage | April 23, 2014

For workers, low wages still create stress - Miami Herald

“Mothers and fathers are trying to put food on the table and give their children a better life,” says Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | April 15, 2014

Why Do Bosses Want Their Employees’ Salaries to Be Secret? - The Nation

The Paycheck Fairness Act would have shielded workers from retaliation if they discuss their salaries with coworkers. Employers would have had to “prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons,” according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. In addition, the bill would have closed disparities in the legal remedies available for violations of the Equal Pay Act, so workers could claim the same kinds of damages provided under other wage discrimination laws.

News Coverage | April 11, 2014

First look at Medicare data in 35 years - USA Today

"I think this is very exciting and it has been a long time coming," Ness said. "I think it's part of a much larger cultural change in health care."

News Coverage | April 10, 2014

Florida: menos salario para las mujeres - Telemundo 51

"Los salarios injustos provocan un daño real y duradero a las mujeres, a las familias y a nuestra economía. Con las mujeres que constituyen casi la mitad de la fuerza de trabajo y sirven como sostén de la familia en dos tercios de los hogares, es el momento para finalmente poner fin a políticas salariales del pasado," dijo Debra L. Ness, presidenta de la National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | April 9, 2014

Senate GOP blocks equal pay bill - MSNBC

The National Partnership for Women and Families said in a statement after the vote, “It is inexcusable that partisanship and baseless attacks have blocked this common sense bill.”

News Coverage | April 9, 2014

Equal pay for US women taken up by Senate as study highlights gender gap - The Guardian

“Unfair wages cause real and lasting harm to women, the families they support, and to our economy,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Woman and Families.

News Coverage | April 8, 2014

California women make 84 cents for every $1 men do, report says - Los Angeles Times

In the Golden State, a woman who works a full-time job earns, on average, $41,956 a year, compared with $50,139 for a man who works full time, according to an analysis from the nonprofit advocacy group the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | April 8, 2014

Push for equal pay moves beyond Texas - Houston Chronicle

A recent state-by-state analysis by the National Partnership for Women and Families found that women in the United States earn an average of 77 cents to every dollar men make. The study, which is based on data from the U.S. Census, found even larger gaps in pay for African-American and Latina women.

News Coverage | April 8, 2014

This Is Why We're Still Talking About Equal Pay - Huffington Post

“The wage gap is simply unacceptable. We must do much more to end discrimination so we no longer deny millions of women the fair pay they need and deserve,” Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families said in a statement.

News Coverage | April 8, 2014

Conservatives Push Back Against Equal Pay Efforts - Huffington Post

"With women making up nearly half the workforce and serving as essential breadwinners in two-thirds of households, it’s time to finally put ‘Mad Men’-era wage policies in the past," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | April 7, 2014

Study: 'Wage gap' costs women each year food for 1.1 years, seven months of rent, or 1,900 gallons of gas - Miami Herald

Women who are employed full-time in Florida are paid just 84 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap in wages of $6,687, according to a study released on Monday. That means that Florida women lose a combined total of nearly $17.4 billion every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and provide critical support to the more than 950,000 Florida households headed by women, according to an analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | April 7, 2014

Gender gap: Los Angeles City Hall women paid 83 cents for every $1 that men get - Los Angeles Daily News

The national average is 77 cents for women nationally, but 92 cents in Los Angeles and 85 cents in California, according to census data compiled by the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | March 27, 2014

How a Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Bill Became Anti-Worker and Anti-Survivor - RH Reality Check

According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, victims of severe domestic violence miss nearly eight million days of paid work each year, with between 25 and 50 percent of survivors reporting losing employment “at least in part due to domestic violence.”

News Coverage | March 27, 2014

The 12 Best Rally Signs: My Birth Control Is Not My Boss’s Business! - BuzzFeed

What had us chanting and dancing in the snowfall for hours? Our “Not My Boss’s Business” rally outside of the Supreme Court! We rallied outside while justices heard oral arguments for a case that would give bosses the right to deny their employees birth control coverage just because they oppose it.

News Coverage | March 26, 2014

Austin Fights For Equal Pay - KEYE-TV

News Coverage | March 21, 2014

Will new guidelines to reduce C-sections change maternity care in St. Louis? - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The consensus statement has the potential to be a game-changer in ongoing efforts to improve the quality of maternal health care, and maternal and child health outcomes,” the National Partnership for Women and Families said in a statement.

News Coverage | March 18, 2014

Top 20 Best-Paying Jobs For Women 2014 - Forbes

Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, says the same factors–non-linear careers, greater responsibilities at home, and outright discrimination–that maintain the wage gap in lower-earning professions are shaping the conversation around compensation in top-tier professions as well.

News Coverage | March 14, 2014

Members of Congress Urge that Stage 3 Address Health Disparities - HIMSS

The letter, addressed to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, RN, and National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, urged them to take a look at the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan that was submitted to the Health IT Policy Committee on August 7, 2013. The Members pointed to four recommendations that they think would address immediate needs:

News Coverage | March 13, 2014

The Secret Benefits Of Paid Sick Days For All - ThinkProgress

Guaranteed paid leave reinforces “the idea of caregiving and taking care of oneself as a value and a norm, standardized across gender,” Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, added.

News Coverage | March 13, 2014 | Work and Family

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