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For organizations dedicated to child care research and advocacy, please access the Child Care & Early Education resource page.

9to5, the National Association of Working Women
A national, grassroots membership organization that strengthens women's ability to work for economic justice. The Web site offers information on work/family issues and initiatives. 9to5 also offers member services and advocacy opportunities.

Atticus Circle
Atticus Circle educates and mobilizes fair-minded straight people to advance equal rights for LGBT partners, parents, and their children. To accomplish this goal, Atticus Circle focuses its efforts on education, policy development, and legal advocacy.

Business and Professional Women USA
A leading advocate for working women. Issues include equal pay, paid family leave, child care, CEDAW, the ERA, more. Kits available for organizing public awareness events on Equal Pay Day (April 15, 2003).

Caregiver Credit Campaign
A project of the Social Agenda organization, the campaign urges support for all who give care to everyone who needs it, in families of blood or choice including: Caring for aging parents; taking responsibility for a disabled, ailing, or dying friend, relative, partner or spouse; and raising children. The campaign advocates converting the Child Tax Credit to a Caregiver Tax Credit to cover care of adults and children, expanding the benefit and making it fully refundable.

Center for the Advancement of Women
The Center for the Advancement of Women works to ensure women's rights and opportunities worldwide by conducting and sponsoring research to identify issues that are important to women and to understand how women’s experiences in their daily lives affect their larger worldview and place in society; changing the way opinion leaders, policymakers, academic institutions and the general public think about women by increasing awareness of the facts, and of women's actual opinions and concerns; and shaping and promoting research-based public policy positions that advance issues of importance to women.

Center for Economic and Policy Research
Reports and public education on economic trends and public policy, wages, low-income workers, women in the workforce, trade, growth, more.

Center for Law and Social Policy
The Center for Law and Social Policy works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.

Center for Policy Alternatives
The nation’s leading nonpartisan progressive public policy and leadership development center serving state legislators, state policy organizations, and state grassroots leaders. CPA offers policy issue briefs on work and family investment, women and the economy, healthy and safe communities, more.

Centre for Research on Mothering
The Centre for Research on Mothering, at York University, Toronto, houses the Association for Research on Mothering, and the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering. The Centre's mandate is to promote feminist maternal scholarship by building and sustaining a community of researchers -- academics and grassroots— interested in the topic of mothering-motherhood.

Center for WorkLife Law
at UC Hastings
WorkLife Law aims to end employment discrimination against workers who have family responsibilities. This type of discrimination has a name: Family Responsibilities Discrimination. Pregnant women, mothers and fathers of young children, and employees with aging parents or sick spouses/partners may find themselves discriminated against. They may be rejected for employment, demoted, harassed, passed over for promotion, or terminated -- despite good performance evaluations -- simply because their employers make personnel decisions based on stereotypical notions of how they will or should act.

Children's Rights
A national watchdog organization advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children in the U.S. Since 1995, the organization has used legal action and policy initiatives to create lasting improvements in child protection, foster care and adoption.

Corporate Voices for Working Families
Corporate Voices for Working Families is a non-partisan, non-profit corporate membership organization created to bring the private sector voice into the public dialogue on issues affecting working families.

Council on Contemporary Families (CCF)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the national conversation about what contemporary families need and how these needs can best be met. The focus is on supporting family diversity. The Web site offers a public information section with a comprehensive collection fact sheets, articles, and other information.

Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy. Research areas include wages, work hours, well-being of working Americans, tax issues, welfare, poverty, more. The EPI offers many research and briefing papers online at no charge.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
The Adoption Institute's mission is to provide leadership that improves adoption laws, policies and practices - through sound research, education and advocacy - in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.

Fairness Initiative on Low Wage Work
A collaboration of research, public policy, and advocacy groups working on low-wage work issues which uses the media to help change public policy to address the problems of low-wage work and its impact on working families. Resources include fact sheets, issue briefs, podcasts, expert database.

Families and Work Institute
A non-profit center for research that provides data to inform decision-making on the changing workplace, changing family and changing community. The Web site provides access to information and summaries of research publications, including the National Study of the Changing Workforce. Full reports may be purchased online.

Family Caregiver Alliance
FCA is a public voice for caregivers. Our pioneering program— information, education, service, research and advocacy— support and sustain the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.

Global Women's Strike
Supporters of the Wages for Housework Campaign, the Global Women's Strike network has national co-ordinations in 11 countries and participating organizations in over 60 countries. Women, and men who support our goals, take action together on 8 March, International Women’s Day, and throughout the year. In this way each grassroots struggle is backed by our collective power. In the U.S., Global Women's Strike organizes actions to draw public attention to conditions affecting women in marginalized and excluded communities.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
A public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, the economic and social aspects of health and safety, and women's civic and political participation. Many publications available on the Web site, including Status of Women in the States reports.

Legal Momentum
Formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Legal Momentum advances the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy. “We identify, analyze and shape solutions for emerging challenges and areas of greatest need by applying our expertise and the highest professionalism in law and communications. Our work focuses on three broad initiatives: economic justice, freedom from gender-based violence and equality under the law. We strive to integrate diverse perspectives in our work by expanding our engagement across communities and generations.”

MomsRising has a goal of bringing millions of people, who all share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America, together as a non-partisan force for 2008 and beyond. This grassroots, online effort is mobilizing mothers, and all who have mothers, across America as a cohesive force for change.

MOTHERS: Mothers Ought To Have Equal Rights
MOTHERS is a grassroots, diverse network of mothers, fathers, grandparents and other adults who are family caregivers. We are coming together to promote the economic, social and political worth and importance of family child and dependent care. We are bringing together a coalition of individuals and organizations to improve the economic security of those who do caring work.

Mothers & More
A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. Mothers & More addresses mothers’ needs as individuals and members of society, and promote the value of all the work mothers do. Mothers & More has 7,500 members and chapters located throughout the U.S. The organization also provides advocacy-awareness programs to its members and organizes advocacy and public awareness activities. Selected resources on mothers’ issues are available through links on the Web site.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women
"NAPW has a vision of a world where women enjoy full personhood and where neither pregnancy nor drug use serve as an excuse to dehumanize and punish select groups of people. Our mission is to secure the human and civil rights, health, and welfare of pregnant and parenting women while protecting children from punitive and misguided state policies. We advocate on behalf of all women, especially those who are most marginalized: women of color, low-income women, and women who use drugs.”

National Association of Mothers Centers (NAMC)
The NAMC addresses the needs of mothers through a network of programs that: offer information and support, break the isolation of motherhood, advance maternal health and well-being, recognize the importance of mothers to society -- valuing both their paid & unpaid work, become caring communities for mothers and families. Mothers Center membership is available in a number of communities. The National group also offers information and support for Mothers Center start-ups. The NAMC provides advocacy opportunities through the Mothers Ought To Have Equal RightS (MOTHERS) Initiative.

National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE)
A national membership coalition of over 80 organizations, including labor unions, women's and civil rights organizations, religious, professional, education and legal associations, commissions on women, state and local pay equity coalitions and individual women and men working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity. Materials available online include kits for organizing public awareness events for Equal Pay Day (April 15, 2003).

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
A volunteer organization, inspired by Jewish values, that works through a program of research, education, advocacy and community service to improve the quality of life for women, children and families and strives to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all. Key issues include reproductive rights, violence against women, work/family, child care and Social Security.

National Family Caregivers Association
NFCA educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.

National Organization for Women
Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

National Partnership for Women and Families
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Issues include extending the FMLA, pregnancy discrimination, welfare/low-income workers, equal pay, sexual harassment, more. Publications available from the Web site, some in English and Spanish.

National Women’s Law Center
The NWLC mission is to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives. Issues include child care, child & family support,employment, tax, Social Security, health, more. Reports, fact sheets and issues briefs are available through the Web site.

New America Foundation
New America’s Work & Family Program conducts research, engages policy makers and educates the public about the pressures on American families and policy solutions to lessen them.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood affiliated health centers nationwide provide high quality, affordable reproductive health care and sexual health information to nearly five million women, men and teens. Planned Parenthood welcomes everyone — regardless of race, age, sexuality, disability, or income.

Project on Global Working Families
In an unprecedented number of the world’s families, all parents now work in the paid labor force. The Project on Global Working Families is the first program devoted to understanding and improving the relationship between working conditions and family health and well-being throughout the world. Publications include The Work, Family, and Equity Index: Where Does the United States Stand Globally?

Public Agenda
A nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education. Drawing on its research, Public Agenda prepares a broad array of educational materials that help explain policy issues to the public in a balanced and easy-to-understand way. Citizens can use this information to weigh various choices and make educated decisions. Reports from surveys on family, work, child care, and other public policy issues.

The SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is made up of 76 local, regional and national grassroots organizations and more than 400 individuals, as well as white and male allies who support our goal of improving the lives of women of color in the United States. SisterSong lifts the voices of women of color to have an impact on Reproductive Justice issues that affect women of color.

Sloan Work and Family Research Network
An academic center at Boston College, SWFRN provides resources related to recent research and public policy models for work-life scholars, advocates, and state legislators. The center also provides an online data base of publications by Research Network scholars.

Take Back Your Time
Take Back Your Time is a major U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment. Take Back Your Time Day is October 24.

The Third Path Institute
The ThirdPath Institute is committed to helping people lead meaningful, balanced, intentional lives. We do this by teaching people how to redesign work to create more time for family, community and other life passions. Interesting information on shared care and public policy is available on the Web site.

The Urban Institute
The Urban Institute conducts research and policy analysis related to social and economic dynamics affecting low-income workers and families, including TANF, health care, education, employment, child care, marriage, homelessness, incarceration, family violence, more.

Welfare Warriors
The Welfare Warriors are mothers and children in poverty who have joined together to make our voices heard in all policies affecting families in poverty, the larger community, and the Earth... We work to create a voice for mothers in poverty through our own organizations and media. Through street activism, advocacy, and our newspaper, the Mother Warriors Voice, we fight for the  creation of a federal program to guarantee that all children have support to the age of 18.

The White House Project
The White House Project, a national non-partisan organization, is dedicated to advancing women's leadership across sectors, enhancing public perception's of women's ability to lead and fostering the entry of women into leadership positions, including the presidency. The White House Project's groundbreaking initiatives are designed to transform the political and cultural climate so that it becomes commonplace and normal in the eyes of the public and the press for women to be governors, CEOs and president.

Work to Live Campaign
The cost of overwork is enormous—on bodies, minds, families, soaring health costs, and, yes, even on productivity. But we can stop the insanity if we come together and demand reform. The Work to Live Campaign was created to do just that, to bring some sanity to a workplace out of control. Our goal is to amend the national labor laws so that our work practices reflect who we say we are— parents, citizens, and members of communities. You can't be those things with a 60-hour week and a one-week vacation.

Workplace Fairness
Workplace Fairness is a non-profit organization that provides information, education, and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights. Workplace Fairness was founded in 1994 as the National Employee Rights Institute (NERI).

Younger Women's Task Force
The Younger Women's Task Force, a project of the National Council of Women's Organizations, is a nationwide, diverse and inclusive, grassroots movement dedicated to organizing younger women and their allies to take action on issues that matter most to them. By and for younger women, YWTF works both within and beyond the women's movement, engaging all who are invested in advancing the rights of younger women.

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