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Christine Broderick

From the desk of ... Christine Broderick

Paid Leave and Breastfeeding: A Perfect Combination for Mom and Baby

New moms have all heard the advice: “breast is best.” While it’s true that breastfeeding facilitates bonding between mother and child, many new moms know that choosing to breastfeed can come with a host of challenges.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Would Help Provide Dignity, Respect and Workplace Protections to Millions

Domestic workers are undervalued, underpaid and, largely because of institutional racism and sexism, are unprotected by our nation's most basic federal employment laws. Members of Congress now have an opportunity to begin to correct past injustices by supporting and passing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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From the desk of ... Alex Baptiste

Implementation Day: A Time to Celebrate Progress, Demand Action on National Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days

Today, working people and advocates for fairer workplaces are marking Implementation Day to celebrate the anniversaries of paid sick days and paid family and medical leave laws across the country.

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Rachel Kuenzi

From the desk of ... Rachel Kuenzi

This Pride Month, We Refuse to Turn Back the Clock on Our Health Care

Pride month is and always has been a political declaration. It is a month to celebrate resiliency and to resist discrimination against the LGBTQ community. This resiliency and resistance is more important than ever as the Trump administration continues its string of relentless attacks on the LGBTQ community.

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La Guardia Cross

From the desk of ... La Guardia Cross

What’s on my mind this Father’s Day …

Sunday is Father's Day. A day when dads everywhere will feel a sense of pride, get their 453rd pair of socks, and if they're like me, proudly tape an illegible Father’s Day card their daughter scribbled at preschool to their refrigerator.

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Vasu Reddy

From the desk of ... Vasu Reddy

This Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Let’s Fight for Inclusive Workplace Laws

As we fight for paid sick days and paid family and medical leave laws that allow people to maintain economic security while caring for their loved ones, it is critical that these laws allow time to care for a range of family members.

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Sarah Coombs

Racial Inequities in Care and Outcomes of Endometrial Cancer

April 26, 2019 | Health Care

Did you know that endometrial cancer is four times more common than cervical cancer or that it’s responsible for one of the largest racial disparities among cancers in the U.S.? Probably not. 

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From the desk of ... Nikita Mhatre

Abortion Restrictions Hurt Women of Color

Legislators and anti-abortion activists across the country are becoming increasingly explicit about their goal of overturning Roe v. Wade and prohibiting people from accessing abortion care.

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From the desk of ... Nikita Mhatre

The EACH Woman Act Matters for Women of Color

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has withheld federal funds for abortion care for women enrolled in Medicaid and other health insurance through the federal government except in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment. This pushes abortion care out of reach of millions of women, particularly women of color.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

We Must Show Up For Black Women and Families

February 1, 2019 | Health Care | Work and Family

As we begin 2019 Black History Month, we must renew our commitment to fighting for Black women and families and remember the reality that people of color are uniquely harmed by race discrimination and this harm is exacerbated for women of color by gender discrimination. We must commit to centering our work on people and families of color in order to address all aspects of the racism that permeate our society.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

We Decide: Demanding the Policies Pregnant People Need to Thrive

Co-author(s): Sarah Lipton-Lubet

No one should be denied opportunity, dignity, happiness or respect because of where they live or work or how much money they make. But because of our country’s punitive and inadequate policies, that is precisely what happens every day to people deciding if and when to parent.

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Vicki Shabo

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

A Subversion of Democracy

January 3, 2019

Last month, Gov. Rick Snyder dealt a blow to democracy by gutting the state’s paid sick time law. This was just one of the intentional subversions of democratic process that occurred in Michigan and Wisconsin in the lame duck sessions.

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Erin Mackay

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

Women Caregivers: The Unsung Superheroes

Co-author(s): Dani Gillespie
November 21, 2018 | Health Care

As we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and honor family caregivers with the theme “Supercharge Your Caregiving.” It's a time to consider how we may better support the 43.5 million people — the superheroes — who take on family caregiving responsibilities each year.

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Shaina Goodman

From the desk of ... Shaina Goodman

Standing Up for Scientific Integrity

Over the past couple of years, the Trump administration has aggressively sidelined science in policymaking – whether by suppressing or misrepresenting evidence, undermining federal grants, or selecting unqualified and conflicted appointees to lead agencies and programs. As a result, our nation’s public health and well-being are suffering.

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Lauren Paulk

From the desk of ... Lauren Paulk

Mid-Term Elections Limit Abortion for Some While Ensuring Access for Others

November 9, 2018 | Reproductive Rights

Tuesday’s elections brought some mixed results around abortion rights. While Oregon turned out in a big way to reaffirm abortion access for everyone regardless of income, a majority of West Virginia and Alabama voters paved the way for increased abortion restrictions in both states. As with all abortion restrictions, these measures will have the most impact on low-income women, young women, and women of color in these three states.

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From the desk of ... Nikita Mhatre

Why the Right to Vote Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

November 5, 2018 | Reproductive Rights

At a time where reproductive rights face an existential threat from nearly all levels of government, voting can help ensure a future where all women have access to the reproductive health care they need.

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Rachel Kuenzi

From the desk of ... Rachel Kuenzi

Circuit Courts Ignore Precedent and Set Up Path to Gut Roe

In the last few months, we stood alongside our allies across the country to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because we knew the dire threat he poses to women and families. ...

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From the desk of ... Kimiko Hirota

Domestic Violence Survivors Deserve Supportive Policies

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we honor survivors and continue working on their behalf.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

A Shameful Day In Our Nation’s History

By voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Senators turned their backs on America's women.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Labor Day 2018: Congress Needs to Step Up

Next week the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, we fear — and expect, based on his record — that workers’ rights and the rights of women will be in grave jeopardy.

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