Posts Categorized: Family/Family Law

Paid Family Leave Only Works When it Works for All Families

By Hannah Tennies, National Action Program Intern Growing up in a household with a single mother means that time off is hard to come by, let alone paid time off. Without federal Paid Family and Medical Leave only about 13% of private sector workers have access to paid leave in the United States (“The Economics… Read more »

“Leaning in” won’t liberate us

The term “lean in” has been used fairly regularly in feminist discourse. It originated in a book published by Sheryl Sandberg that discusses factors that hold women back in the workforce and how women, she says, often hold themselves back. And I largely disagree with her. One of the main ideas in this book (and… Read more »

Hobby Lobby Case: ‘About Labor Rights and Religious Extremism, Not Birth Control’

“If people have to go outside their insurance plan to pay for birth control, that’s a healthcare issue, it’s an economic issue and it’s a workers’ rights issue.”–Chitra Panjabi, Membership Vice President of NOW. Read more from Chitra on how Hobby Lobby’s corporate claims come at the expense of workers’ rights.

NOW Foundation Files Amicus Brief in Domestic Violence Case

On Nov. 20, NOW Foundation filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 10 women’s rights and anti-violence organizations. The brief supports reversal of an unprecedented award of $350,000 in attorneys’ fees against a woman who accused her ex-husband of domestic violence. The brief argues that such an award may chill protective mothers from raising allegations of domestic violence in custody disputes for fear of retaliation.

National Coalition Urges Congress to Consider Sweeping Social Security Proposals for Women, Caregivers and Same-Sex Couples

NOW Foundation, IWPR, and the NCPSSM Foundation briefed congressional staff on their research examining the challenges facing elderly women and their families in the U.S. Their report, ‘Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling: A Proposal to Modernize Women’s Benefits,’ also proposes initiatives to ensure Social Security benefits are adequate for all Americans, particularly for women and women of color.

Lobbying Tips for NOW Activists

Helpful tips and tricks to help you plan your next meeting with your member of Congress.

Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked, Foreshadowing Challenging Future for Women’s Equality

The new Congress hasn’t taken office yet, but the writing already is on the wall. Efforts to advance women’s equality will be relegated to the back burner, or worse, actively torched. Today we witnessed conservatives in the Senate block the Paycheck Fairness Act, denying women a significant step toward finally closing the gender wage gap.