National Partnership for Women & Families

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These Are the Best and Worst States for Working Parents - TIME Money

As the changing needs of modern families continue to influence political discourse, these state-level victories are re-shaping national sentiment, says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the Partnership. “This is a critical juncture,” she says. “The buzz around these policies is at an all-time high, and it’s creating opportunities for regular people to have their voices heard.”

News Coverage | September 12, 2016 | Work and Family

Gretchen Carlson Won a Large Settlement, But Forced Arbitration Means Other Women Have a Much Harder Time - Medium

"Forced arbitration allows employers to sweep even the most egregious harassment under the rug, sometimes for decades, and evade laws designed to protect women from sexual harassment in the workplace," writes Judith Lichtman, senior advisor at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | September 7, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Stage 3 Meaningful Use - Patient Engagement HIT

“The national imperative to transform our healthcare system into one that delivers better care and better outcomes at lower cost cannot possibly succeed without the active engagement of patients and family caregivers,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which leads the Consumer Partnership for eHealth.

News Coverage | September 6, 2016 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Eight Labor Days - Huffington Post

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, writes about the progress that has been made during Barack Obama's presidency to obtain equal opportunity for women in the workplace. "In recent years, the Obama administration has used Labor Days - and many of the days in between - to advance the fair and family friendly workplace policies the country needs," she writes.

News Coverage | September 5, 2016 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Influential healthcare leaders set principles for patient-centered care - Modern Healthcare

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families and a task force member, said patients are the ones who are present at every aspect of healthcare treatment, so their opinions should be valued. "If you really want to create a system that is creating health, then you need to engage with and co-create with the very people you're trying to help,” she said.

News Coverage | August 30, 2016 | Health Care

A Health Care Consumer Gender Gap - Managed Care Magazine

“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.”

News Coverage | August 15, 2016 | Health Care

Bundles of joy? How new payment models for maternal care could deliver lower costs - Modern Healthcare

“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.”

News Coverage | August 13, 2016 | Maternity

An Eye-Opening Look At How The Wage Gap Impacts Latinas - Huffington Post

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.

News Coverage | July 27, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

State’s pay equity bill enters home stretch - Boston Globe

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.

News Coverage | July 22, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Only about 2 percent of the nation's hospitals get 5-star quality rating - CNBC

The president of the advocacy group National Partnership for Women & Families in a blog post called the star ratings "a tool consumers need now."

News Coverage | July 21, 2016 | Health Care

Pregnant Women's Medical Care Too Often Affected by Race - Newsweek

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.

News Coverage | July 3, 2016 | Maternity

Women, we need to talk about how much we make - Chicago Tribune

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.

News Coverage | June 30, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

Supreme Court Says 'Bye' to Texas's Strict Abortion Rules - MTV

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.

News Coverage | June 27, 2016 | Reproductive Health, Judges and Supreme Court

Abortion rights group faults for rejecting its ad -

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's landing page.

News Coverage | June 25, 2016 | Reproductive Health

How Obama’s Presidency Has Been A Victory For Working Parents - Huffington Post

“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.

News Coverage | June 19, 2016 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Mikulski receives National Partnership’s first Lifetime Achievement Award - WCBC

“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.”

News Coverage | June 10, 2016 | Other

Give workers much-needed relief: Paid sick time - Chicago Sun-Times

The National Partnership for Women and Families says workers with sick days are 28 percent less likely to be injured on the job.

News Coverage | May 30, 2016 | Work and Family

Small Ohio Town Passes Progressive Parental Leave Policy - NPR

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo.

News Coverage | May 24, 2016 | Work and Family

Gender Equality in U.S. Jobs Might Not Be as Bad as You Think - Bloomberg

"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."

News Coverage | May 18, 2016 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Final EEOC Rule Sets Limits For Financial Incentives On Wellness Programs - Kaiser Health News

“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.

News Coverage | May 17, 2016 | Health Care, Workplace Fairness

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