Annual Event

Making Herstory: Celebrating 50 Years and Counting

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This year marks our 50th anniversary, and we have so many reasons to celebrate. Since our founding in 1971, the National Partnership has had one mission: to create a world where all women and families have the freedom, opportunity and dignity to live to our fullest potential. From paid family and medical leave, fair pay, and pregnancy discrimination, to affordable, quality health care, and reproductive and maternal health, we've helped to lead the fight for women's health and economic justice. While we still have a long way to go, we're proud of the progress we've made. And we are ready to tackle the next 50 years.

As we look toward the next 50 years of the National Partnership, we also mark major changes within our organization. After seventeen years as the President of the National Partnership, Debra Ness announced she will be stepping down. We are so grateful for her invaluable leadership in advancing health and economic policies that improve all women's lives, which will continue to leave an indelible mark on our organization and guide our future work.

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Special Guest Michelle Obama
Honoring Yvette Nicole Brown
Making Herstory

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Generous Supporters (from previous events)



Sheila C. Cheston & Graham Dower

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General Electric


Nina B. Matis

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The Seelig Group, LLC


Underwriters: Clifford Chance US LLP, Shreya Devendra Jani and Michael Parini, Erwin Family Foundation, Google, Northrop Grumman Corporation, PWR

Distinguished Supporters:A BIM Foundation, Anthem, Inc., Avenue Solutions, EMILY's List, GRAIL, Levi Strauss & Co., National Committee for Quality Assurance, Perkins Coie LLP, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Ruth and Stephen Pollak

Hosts: America's Health Insurance Plans, American College of Physicians, Richard J. Baron and Jane B Baron, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Carolyn M. Clancy, National Health Law Program, OneDigital Health and Benefits, Nora Super and Len Nichols, Carol L. Tucker Foreman, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union

Patrons: American Academy of Family Physicians, Susan Berger, Federation of American Hospitals, Kelley Fullerton-Bloom, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Sponsors: Association of Flight Attendants - CWA, Linda and Lawrence Becker, Families USA, Diana Gonzalez Gondalfi and Daniel Wolfson, Jennings Policy Strategies, Doris M. Meissner, National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, George Taler, M.D., Philip & Tonya Walker, Janet and Steven Weinberger

Highlights (from previous events)


2019 Gala Dinner
Featuring Reps. Lauren Underwood, Deb Haaland and Rosa DeLauro

2018 Gala Dinner, Debra Ness and Kerry Washington

2018 Gala Dinner
Featuring Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Rosalind Brewer and Sheryl Sandberg

2017 Gala Dinner Speakers

2017 Gala Dinner
Featuring Kamala Harris

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