Mission: Founded in 1971 as the Women's Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families has grown from a small group of volunteers into one of the nations most powerful and effective advocates for women and families. The National Partnership is dedicated to improving the lives of today's women and families--shaping solutions to some of Americans' most central concerns, such as finding quality, affordable health care, fighting workplace discrimination, and providing working families with the time they need to care for their loved ones.
Programs: The National Partnership's three program areas are Health Care, Work & Family, and Workplace Fairness. Our Work & Family Program, through public education and advocacy, works to promotes workplace policies that help Americans balance their work and family responsibilities, as well as advocate for paid leave policies (Campaign for Family Leave Benefits and Paid Sick Days Campaign). Using the same strategies, our Health Care Program seeks to improve the quality of health care services available to women, and to provide women with information that can help them make better health care decisions for themselves and their families. Our Health Care issues include patient protections, genetic discrimination, reproductive health, HIPAA, and Medicaid. Our Workplace Fairness program works to ensure equal opportunity, protect civil rights, prevent discrimination, and monitor welfare reform.