Data show that state paid leave programs help to increase labor force participation among women, improve economic stability for families, strengthen businesses and grow state economies WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 5, 2024 – New analysis from the National...
The National Partnership for Women & Families is excited to continue offering our Business Working Group for Gender Equity (BWG) for pioneering companies that want to lead in this space. Since 2018, the BWG has brought together top employers to facilitate a dialogue around strengthening gender equity in the workplace, learn from experts, connect with policymakers and promote shared learning and new partnerships.
We are looking for companies with a track record of leading on one or more gender equity workplace policies, and that are ready to engage in meaningful internal change, be a public voice for company culture change and promote public policies that support gender equity nationally.
We ground ourselves in the lived experience of women and families, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to equity and opportunity. We focus on issues that increase equity, health, and economic justice and how they impact women’s ability to thrive and fully participate in our society.
We specifically focus on:
- Advancing gender and racial equity in the workplace through paid family and medical leave, equal pay, prevention of sexual harassment, fairness for pregnant workers, paid sick days, and fair scheduling.
- Improving access to affordable, quality health care that authentically meets the needs of all women and families and reduces inequities in health, especially the disparities and declining outcomes in maternal health.
- Promoting reproductive freedom and justice, access to contraception and abortion care, and elimination of the stigma associated with abortion.
Dan Fishbein, M.D., President of Sun Life U.S.: “It is time for all Americans to have paid family and medical leave. We're pleased to join with the National Partnership for Women & Families to advance this and other important public policies that could help so many. We have enjoyed collaborating with the National Partnership in recent years and are excited to become even more involved in this critical work.”
Anna Walker, Vice President, Public Affairs, Levi Strauss & Co.: “The past year has underscored policy gaps that set working women back by three decades, weakening our businesses, our economy and our country. We look forward to working with peers and policy makers to pass paid medical and family leave to build back a more resilient economy and society.”
Louis Vega, President – Dow North America and Vice President – Government Affairs: “Dow is proud to be a part of the National Partnership's Business Working Group for Gender Equity. Ensuring the talents and unique perspectives of women are included at every level of our company is key to our success. While we've made great strides in gender equity, there is more to do, and Dow is taking intentional actions like enhancing our paid parental and family leave programs. We look forward to continuing our work on the issue of gender equity.”
Louise Pentland, Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, PayPal: “The pandemic has illuminated the many disproportionate challenges women in the workforce face and the critical importance of maintaining their economic security. Economic justice is core to PayPal's mission, and this includes advancing gender equity and women's economic empowerment. We are proud to join with the National Partnership for Women and Families as part of the Business Working Group for Gender Equity to eliminate the disparities women face by advancing meaningful changes in public policy.”
Business Working Group for Gender Equity member companies
Highlights & Case Studies
- Women Are Facing A Crisis In This Country. That's Bad News for Business.
- Business Leaders Join Together to Call for Paid Family and Medical Leave in New Video
- Dobbs v. Jackson WHO – What now?
- Mother's Day Tea: Celebrating Mothers by Centering Women in the Economy
- Research: This Mother's Day, Moms Need Child Care, Paid Leave and Protections While Pregnant
- Press Release: Ahead of Mother's Day, Duckworth Discusses Supporting Working Families, Paid Leave During National Partnership for Women and Families Fireside Chat
- Black Women-Owned Business Letter to support the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson - A collaboration with The Genius Guild
- Open Letter in Support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act From Leading Private-Sector Employers