Organizations listed alphabetically
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 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
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).
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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.
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
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 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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