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  • Why Care in Community Birth Settings Works So Well for All Birthing People

    Maternity care in "community birth" settings – both such as birth centers and planned home birth – is associated with lower rates of preterm and cesarean birth and higher breastfeeding rates compared to similar people with standard physician-led and hospital-based maternity care. Keep reading to learn why.

  • Barriers to Equal Pay for AANHPI Women

    Acknowledging the unique wage gap between white men and AANHPI women is more important than ever, and forces us to take a closer look at the many myths and barriers in the way of achieving pay equity for AANHPI women in particular.

  • National Partnership Staff
    Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week 2022

    Black Maternal Health Week was created to raise awareness of the root causes of poor maternal health outcomes for Black women and to inspire activism in support of Black-led maternal health initiatives. Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, the goals of Black Maternal Health Week are to: Deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US...

  • This Women's History Month, We Witnessed History For Our Courts

    This week, in the final days of Women's History Month, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee as members considered her nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson, a long-term jurist and public servant, would be the first Black woman on the Court. Her nomination is part of an intergenerational struggle to ensure that our government decision-makers, including our judges, are representative of the people they serve and reflect the tapestry of lived experiences in our country.

  • National Partnership Staff
    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is eminently qualified, and the Senate needs to confirm her quickly and fairly.

    Judge Jackson would be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court and the second woman of color. She's eminently qualified. Her voice and ability to bring her unique lived experience into her opinions will be key to upholding equal justice principles and pushing back on unfairness in the Court’s decisions.

  • Equal Pay Day – We've got good news and bad news. Ok, it's mostly bad news.

    Why observe Equal Pay Day, year after year, if it's such a bummer? Because the wage gap is a way of talking about the tangible consequences that sexism and racism in our economy have on women. And it touches so many women year after year, no matter their occupation, education level or age.

  • National Partnership Staff
    Can the SOTU be reduced to a Wordle? (Not exactly, but it was fun trying.)

    As the nation looks to President Biden's first State of the Union address tonight, there's no shortage of pressing topics to cover. At the same time, we could all use a momentary reprieve from the deluge of overwhelming news. Enter: our take on Wordle for this very occasion.

  • What We're Listening to, Watching, and Reading During this Black History Month

    With February coming to a close, we'd like to highlight all the recommendations from the desks and homes of our staff members for Black History Month.

  • FMLA is Almost 30 and We Still Can't Figure It Out

    February 5th will mark the 29th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); legislation that the National Partnership was essential in passing in 1993 to ensure working people can take the time they need to care for themselves and their loved ones. Paid leave is fundamentally tied to other economic battles: equal pay and equitable healthcare to name a few. Build Back Better had the potential to ensure paid leave would be accessible to all. The momentum to support our labor force was there, yet partisanship and skepticism on the expenses of this type of program got in the way of providing paid leave for people that need it most.

  • Good work and good trouble: the time for voting rights is now

    This weekend the coalition will continue to call on Congress to take action by participating in local actions in D.C. and in Phoenix, AZ between January 15-17. Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, and Yolanda Renee King will join elected officials, voting rights advocates, and community advocates.

  • Spreading it around: Where do you get your information?

    Amidst the rise of social media, group chats, and increased digital communication, however, sharing can take on a deadlier connotation. In the pandemic the spread of misinformation and (un)intentional disinformation has led to false (and sometimes harmful) cures and inaccurate vaccine information among other issues.

  • Mississippi Abortion Ban Is Bad Medicine

    Mississippi Abortion Ban Challenges Medical Ethics

  • National Partnership Staff
    Top 10 Reasons to Support Paid Leave

    Enacting a paid family and medical leave policy as part of the Build Back Better package is critical to closing the longstanding systemic inequities that impact women and people of color. 

  • Immigration & Abortion Care: Why Reproductive Rights are Inextricable from Migration

    As Texas implemented its egregious abortion restriction, Mexico finally decriminalized abortion. The move is a major victory for Mexican people and advocates, and a sign of change and hope for those living in other countries, particularly in Central America, where abortion is prohibited altogether.

  • Hey NASCAR Parents, Paid Leave Is the Pit Stop You Need to Keep Your Families Racing

    Paid family and medical leave is an indispensable benefit that all working people need and deserve.

  • Unprepared: Reflections of a Labor and Delivery Nurse

    As a labor and delivery nurse, I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of untreated substance use disorders (SUD) and mental illnesses in pregnancy and postpartum—as one of the many ways our healthcare system fails to support and care for these moms and babies.

  • On This ADA Anniversary, We’re Thinking About Reproductive Health and Disability Justice

    This week marks 31 years of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. However, despite the promise of this law and the progress made in the last two decades, ableism continues to permeate society, resulting in socioeconomic, health, and other inequities.

  • D.C. Workers Deserve Stronger Paid Leave

    Black and brown people in D.C. have seen some of the worst racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths and vaccinations in the country. At the same time, the national economic fallout of the pandemic hit communities of color the hardest: people of color, particularly women, disproportionately worked in industries hit by pandemic-related closures, layoffs and reduced hours. And that is on top of the longstanding health and economic racial disparities that already existed before the pandemic.

  • Discontinuity in How We Value Immigrant Labor

    National Immigrant Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize the exceptional historic contributions immigrants have made in this country, or perhaps for some, even grapple with anti-immigrant attitudes and rhetoric that continue to marginalize and scapegoat those communities.

  • Rachel Reads: Ooh! She Got Money!

    Black women face a unique struggle at the intersection of race and gender as it pertains to advancing their professional careers. They are systematically held at specific positions or levels in the workplace, and not always given opportunities to advance. My story is similar.

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