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  • Widespread Inequality in the Restaurant Industry Means Hardship for Women Workers There are more than 10 million restaurant workers in the United States. The majority are women. These are the hosts and hostesses who greet us, the waiters and waitresses who serve us, the bartenders who fill our drink orders, the attendants and dishwashers who clean up after us, set up our tables, and more.
  • Through the Looking Glass on Contraceptive Coverage We've said it before and we'll say it again: Birth control is basic health care for women.
  • After 39 Years, Let's End the War on Women It's been 39 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade - but the battles over access to the full range of reproductive health care services still rage on.
  • At Stake: A Fundamental Protection for Millions of Workers It may be the single most important law ever passed to address the needs of workers trying to meet their work and family responsibilities.
  • Toward a More Family Friendly Nation It's not literally the 99 percent versus the privileged few, but it's one of the most noteworthy divides I have seen.
  • Shameful: Partisan Politics Block Another Highly Qualified Judicial Nominee All year, we've seen partisan politics impede the progress America needs -- from jobs to anti-discrimination measures to work and family advances to the safety net.
  • Birth Control Under Attack Anti-choice extremists are trying to undermine women's right to birth control under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Gaps in Access to Paid Leave are Significant, Sustained - and Unacceptable The Census Bureau released a report last week that every family and every lawmaker should note.
  • On the Right Track: Institute of Medicine's Essential Benefits Report America's women and families want and need confidence that when they buy health insurance, it will cover comprehensive benefits that meet their needs. Thanks to health reform, we may soon get that.
  • America's Working Parents Deserve Paid Leave - Take Action Today! The arrival of a new child should be a time of pure celebration. Sadly, for millions of working parents without paid leave in this country, the joyous occasion can be short-lived.
  • Fair Pay: What a Difference a Union Makes On Monday, the country will celebrate Labor Day - a national holiday established to honor the strength of America's workers and its unions. All workers who are in unions benefit from higher wages, better benefits, retirement security and more - but the union difference for today's women is especially striking, particularly when it comes to fair pay.
  • Keeping the Dream of Full Equality Alive It's Women's Equality Day - a commemoration of the 19th Amendment and women's steady march toward equality, a tribute to how far we have come, and a reminder of the work still to do.
  • In Science v. Politics, Science Scores a Win A milestone for women's health is finally within reach: On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified the full range of FDA-approved contraception and birth control options as preventive health services - and recommended that they be made available to women without additional fees or co-payment under health care reform.
  • Seniors in America Today: "Not a Pretty Picture"

    Earlier this week, I was privileged to be a part of Volunteers of America's third annual discussion on aging issues. I was on a panel with Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief; Mike King, National President and CEO of Volunteers of America, Inc.; and Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP Executive Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement. Our topic: How our nation's public policies affect older Americans, especially women.

  • Relentless. Deceptive. Dangerous. The ""war on women"" in the House of Representatives rages on.
  • When Women Do Better, Families Do Better and the Nation Can Thrive President Obama hit the mark during his recent Women's History Month address on fair pay when he said that "achieving equal pay for equal work isn't just a women's issue. It's a family issue." At the National Partnership, we've been saying the same thing for decades: when women do better, families do better. It couldn't be more true.
  • Just When You Think You've Seen It All Sometimes I think there's not much that can surprise me. But last week proved that theory wrong: the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prohibit federal funds for health care services provided by Planned Parenthood, and eliminate funding for all Title X family planning services, which are the sole source of health care for millions of low-income and uninsured women in this nation.
  • Time to Protect Common Sense.
  • Final Hour for Fair Pay?! Today, the Senate returns to Washington --- and the Paycheck Fairness Act is one of the first bills on its agenda. Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is more important than ever.
  • Success is Inevitable

    Today's working families are juggling 'Ozzie and Harriet' policies in a web 2.0 world, and it's simply not sustainable. Workers are struggling to care for their families while both parents hold jobs. Families are straining to meet increasing child- and eldercare responsibilities. Parents have little savings to fall back on, and few jobs - and even fewer good jobs - to apply for, should they lose the jobs they have.

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