Every day the National Partnership works with key decision makers to advocate for policies that will improve the lives of women and families. But we cannot do it alone. We encourage you to share your views with your elected officials so they know what issues matter most to you and your family.
- Take the Pledge
Yes! During the next 50 days of the Obama Administration, I pledge to complete three action alerts when asked by the National Partnership to support women & families.
>>Sign the pledge
- Comments to HHS: Rescind the 'conscience' regulation
We need to show strong support for repealing the Department of Health and Human Services’ 'conscience' regulation completely. This unnecessary and dangerous regulation reinterprets existing laws to allow nearly any employee in a federally-funded health care setting who claims a religious objection to refuse to provide information, referrals, or access to a range of health care services including birth control.
>>Email HHS to express your support for the full repeal of the 'conscience' regulation
- Health Care Reform Must be a Top Priority!
Our nation’s health care is in a state of emergency. With our economy in crisis, Americans need health care that is affordable now more than ever. Urge Congress to make health reform a top domestic priority.
>>Email your members of Congress
- Tell Senate to Support Fair Pay
The Paycheck Fairness Act would help combat and undo the discriminatory pay practices that continue to plague our workplaces 45 years after the Equal Pay Act became law.
>>Urge your Senators to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
- Support the Employee Free Choice Act
The Employee Free Choice Act would give workers a chance to secure better wages and working conditions by ensuring a fair and direct path to form unions when majorities want them. Without this law, workers who support unions are too often harassed or fired. Union representation actually improves pay and access to critical benefits, particularly for working women. In fact, union women earn 32 percent more than nonunion women and are 19% more likely to have health insurance.
>>Urge Congress to support the Employee Free Choice Act
- Paid Sick Days for All Workers - The Healthy Families Act
Did you know that 86 million working Americans—nearly 50%—do not have a single paid sick day! As a result, many Americans are forced to work during an illness and children are often sent to school sick! This must change.
>>Email Congress to co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act
- Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act
It’s hard to imagine, but the United States is one of four countries that does not provide any paid parental leave for its workers. The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act would guarantee federal workers four weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
>>Email Congress to support the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act
- Prevention First
Half of all pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unintended the highest rate among industrialized nations. Prevention First would address our nation's unmet needs by ensuring that federally-funded sex education programs are medically accurate, increasing desperately needed public funding for family planning services for low-income women, guaranteeing coverage of contraception through private insurance plans, and improving awareness of emergency contraception.
>>Email Congress to co-sponsor Prevention First
- Restore and Expand the FMLA
On January 16, 2009, a Bush Administration rule took effect which makes it more difficult for workers to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). I urge you to act right away to get rid of those aspects of the new rule.
>>Email President Obama and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to restore and expand the FMLA
- Letter to President Obama: Say NO to abstinence-only programs!
As President Obama begins work on his fiscal year 2010 budget, we urge him to stop funding abstinence-only programs and direct our scarce public health resources to evidence-based programs that actually work — programs that provide medically accurate, age-appropriate information about sex and sexuality so that young people can make responsible and healthy decisions.
>>Urge President Obama to eliminate funding for ineffective abstinence-only programs in his budget
- Thank President Obama
The first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In making fair pay the first bill he signed into law, President Obama ushers in a new era in which equal opportunity is real and anti-discrimination laws matter. The harmful U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear will now become an ugly footnote in our history books.
>>Thank President Obama
- Thank President Obama and Congress
After being vetoed twice by President Bush, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was finally signed by President Obama this month. CHIP expands coverage to even more families in need while adding provisions to improve the quality of pediatric care.
>>Thank President Obama and Congress
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