Links Related to Women & Children's Issues

Please note: these links were last updated in 2010. Some may be out of date.

9 to 5 National Association of Working Women (9to5) 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women is the leading membership organization for working women. It utilizes class-action lawsuits and public information campaigns to achieve change on issues including discrimination against pregnant women, sexual harassment in the workplace, and pay equity. It publishes books and reports on topics such as contingent work and sexual harassment; several pamphlets, including the New 9 to 5 Office, Worker Survival Guide; and the newsletters 9 to 5 Newsline (twice a month) and 9 to 5 Profile of Working Women (once a year).

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) The Administration for Children and Families (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) plans, manages, and coordinates nationwide assistance programs designed to promote stability, economic security, and self-support for families. It supervises programs and the use of funds to provide aid to the needy. The administration's website provides a wide range of child welfare information.

Alliance to Defend Health Care (CDHC) The Alliance to Defend Health Care is dedicated to creating a reformed health care system that meets the needs of patients and communities and supports health professionals in providing high quality care. We formed in 1997 to counter the increasing "commodification of health care" and are engaged in outreach, education, and advocacy for health care reform.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a national organization that works to defend Americans' civil rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Its members believe that it is essential to be informed of one's rights in order to be able to exercise them. It supports confidential reproductive health care for teens and civil rights for homosexuals. ACLU publications include the monthly Civil Liberties Alert, the quarterly newsletter Civil Liberties, the semiannual newsletter Civil Liberties Alert, the briefing paper "Reproductive Freedom: The Rights of Minors," several books, including The Rights of the Indians and Tribes: The Basic ACLU Guide to Indian and Tribal Rights as well as handbooks and pamphlets.

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a federation of national and local labor unions. It organizes labor unions, and its various committees and departments conduct research and education services for unions. Its publications include a biweekly newsletter, News.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is a labor union that represents more than one million teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, health care professionals, and state and municipal employees. Inside AFT, the union's weekly newsletter, is available at its website.

American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education group concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment, and health. It publishes the quarterly newsletter Priorities as well as the booklets The Tobacco Industry's Use of Nicotine as a Drug and Marketing Cigarettes to Kids.

Association of Libertarian Feminists (ALF) The purpose of ALF (the Association of Libertarian Feminists) is to encourage women to become economically self-sufficient and psychologically independent; publicize and promote realistic attitudes toward female competence, achievement, and potential; oppose the abridgement of individual rights by any government on account of sex; work toward changing sexist attitudes and behavior exhibited by individuals; and provide a libertarian alternative to those aspects of the women's movement that tend to discourage independence and individuality. ALF publishes the quarterly newsletter ALF News.

Association for Union Democracy (AUD) The Association for Union Democracy works to ensure the legal rights of union and other labor organization members and advocates greater democracy within unions. It publishes and disseminates literature on the legal rights of workers and union members, and it consults with and educates union members to help them reform their organizations. Its other publications include the bimonthly journal Union Democracy Review and many books.

CARE CARE is the world’s largest private, nonprofit, nonsectarian relief and development organization. It operates programs in disaster relief, food distribution, primary health care, agriculture and natural resourcemanagement, population, and small business support. It publishes the quarterly CARE World Report and occasional CARE Briefs.

Catalyst Catalyst is a national research and advisory organization that helps corporations foster the careers and leadership capabilities of women. Its information center provides statistics, print media, and research materials on women in business. It publishes a wide variety of reference materials, pamphlets, career guidance books, and research reports, including Advancing Women in Business: The Catalyst Guide to Best Practices from the Corporate Leaders. It also publishes a career series for women searching for their first jobs and a monthly newsletter, Perspective.

Center for Women Policy Studies (CWPS) The Center for Women Policy Studies was the first national policy institute to focus specifically on issues affecting the social, legal, and economic status of women. It believes that the government and the medical community have neglected the effect of AIDS on women and that more action should be taken to help women who have AIDS. The center publishes the book The Guide to Resources on Women and AIDS and produces the video Fighting for Our Lives: Women Confronting AIDS.

Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change The center works to address problems of persistent poverty in urban areas and attempts to understand how social and economic changes affect low-income communities. The center takes the position that welfare recipients need more government assistance in transitioning from welfare to work. It publishes several articles and reports on welfare reform including “Welfare Reform, Public Housing, and Job Accessibility” and “Employment Dynamics in the Welfare-to-Work Transition in Cuyahoga County.”

Child Care Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (CCB) The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality, affordability and availability of child care for all families. The Child Care Bureau administers federal funds to States, Territories, and Tribes to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when the parents work or participate in education or training.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) The Child Welfare League of America, a social welfare organization concerned with setting standards for welfare and human services agencies, works to improve care and services for abused, dependent, or neglected children, youth, and their families. It provides consultation and conducts research on all aspects of adoption. It publishes the bimonthly journal Child Welfare as well as several books, including Child Welfare: A Journal of Policy, Practice, and Program.

Coalition for the Homeless The coalition is both an advocacy organization that addresses issues of homelessness and a service provider to homeless people in New York City. It uses litigation, lobbying, organizing, and public education to solve the problem of homelessness. It publishes results of its research on the homeless in its reports Losing the War Home: Privatization and the Municipal Shelter System and The Second Wave: The Looming Homeless Crisis in the Post-Entitlement Era.

Economic Policy Institute (EPI) The Economic Policy Institute conducts research and promotes education programs on economic policy issues, particularly the economics of poverty, unemployment, and American industry. It supports organized labor and believes that government should invest in infrastructure and education to improve America's economy. It publishes periodic Briefing Papers, Studies, and the triannual Economic Policy Institute Journal.

El Rescate El Rescate provides free legal and social services to Central American refugees. It is involved in federal litigation to uphold the constitutional rights of refugees and illegal immigrants. It compiles and distributes articles and information and publishes the newsletter El Rescate.

Employment and Training Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute provides applied research, evaluation, policy planning, and technical assistance for local and state governments, community organizations, and national agencies. Its research focuses on interrelationships between labor market changes, employment training programs, education programs, and welfare policies in urban areas. The institute has a variety of reports available on the internet.

Families and Work Institute (FWI) The Families and Work Institute is a research and planning organization that develops new approaches to balancing the continuing need for workplace productivity with the changing needs of American families. More than forty research reports are available for sale from the institute, including The Changing Workforce: Highlights of the National Study, Women: The New Providers, Community Mobilization: Strategies to Support Young Children and Their Families, and An Examination of the Impact of Family-Friendly Policies on the Glass Ceiling.

Office of Head Start, Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesrsquo; Administration of Children and Families, is a child development program serving children from birth to age five, pregnant women, and their families. The program aims to provide high quality care and services to children of low-income families. Head Start publishes many educational materials, from brochures and bulletins to activity books for children.

Homeless People’s Network The discussion list provides a forum for homeless and formerly homeless people to express their views. Those interested in homelessness can read archived postings.

Homes for the Homeless (HFH) HFH strives to reduce homelessness by providing families with the education and training they need to build independent lives. Participating families are housed in one of four residential educational training centers in New York City, where they learn job, literacy, and parenting skills. Participants are also counseled on substance abuse and domestic violence. HFH publishes the reports Homelessness: The Foster Care Connection, The New Poverty: A Generation of Homeless Families, An American Family Myth: Every Child at Risk, and Job Readiness: Crossing the Threshold from Homelessness to Employment.

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) is a nonprofit, university-based research center for the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality. IRP develops and tests theories on poverty and evaluates trends in social inequality. IRP publishes a newsletter, Focus, and also books such as Toward an End to Hunger in America.

Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is a research organization that is dedicated to advising on public policy issues that are important to women and their families. These issues include welfare, work and the family, equal employment and equal pay opportunities, health care, and domestic violence. IWRP publishes such books as Health and Reproductive Issues and The Status of Women in the States.

International Association For Feminist Economics The international Association For Feminist Economics (IAFFE) is a continually expanding group of scholars, policy professionals, students, advocates and activists interested in empowering and improving the well-being of women-and other under-represented groups-around the world. IAFFE holds regular conferences and workshops, publishes a well respected, cutting edge journal and supports the efforts of women and men to produce better scholarship and policy by incorporating feminist perspectives from all parts of the globe. IAFFE strives to be as inclusive, international, diverse and relevant as possible, and is therefore welcoming to both women and men, to activists and academics, to people in all disciplines concerned with economic issues, and to scholars operating in all theoretical paradigms.

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)--more commonly known as the World BankGroup--seeks to reduce poverty and improve the standards of living of poor people around the world. It promotes sustainable growth and investments in developing countries through loans, technical assistance, and policy guidance. Many of the Bank's projects focus on agriculture, biodiversity, and energy. Its Environment Department publishes the periodicals Environment Bulletin, Annual Report on the Environment, and Facing the Global Environment Change; several series, including the Social Assessment Series and the Climate Change Series; and individual publications on environmental progress and desertification.

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) The International Center for Research on Women is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventingpsychological problems and enhancing of the psychological well-being of women by means of research studies, projects, and publications. Researchers at the center conduct interdisciplinary studies that examine the lives of women, men, and children around the world. Information gathered by the center is provided to individuals and institutions in an effort to bring about policies and practices that benefit women. The center publishes the Research Report twice a year.

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) IFPRI is the U.S. center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Its mission is to identify and analyze policies for sustainably meeting the food needs of the developing world. It publishes a quarterly newsletter, IFPRI Perspectives, and booklets such as “World Food Prospects,” some of which can be ordered free online.

International Immigrants Foundation The International Immigrants Foundation's mission is to help immigrant families and children to achieve their aspirations for a better life in the United States. The organization addresses its mission by providing direct support to promote positive intercultural relations. IIF has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and is associated with the Department of Public Information as a charitable nongovernmental, nonpolitical, nonprofit tax exempt organization.

Joint Center for Poverty Research The Northwestern University and University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research supports academic research that examines the causes and consequences of poverty and the effect of policies designed to reduce poverty in America. Publishes a quarterly newsletter and working paper series.

Labor Research Association (LRA) The Labor Research Association supports labor unions by conducting research and compiling statistics on economic and political issues. It publishes periodic studies and reports and the bimonthly Economic Notes.

Medicare Rights Center The Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is a national organization that helps ensure that older adults receive quality affordable health care. It publishes a wide variety of Medicare materials, including a series of self-help pamphlets on Medicare issues and numerous booklets on Medicare-related topics.

Migration Policy Institute The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world. Maintains a web site that offers current and authoritative data on international migration, as well as analysis from migration experts, and dispatches from foreign correspondents around the world.

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a national organization committed to the ideal that no American should have to be homeless. It works to secure more effective national and local policies to aid the homeless. Its publications include What You Can Do to Help the Homeless and the monthly newsletter Alliance.

National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations The National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations (formerly The National Collaboration for Youth) provides information about youth development to national and local youth-serving organizations-- such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Save the Children, and the YMCA- -at low cost or no cost. Its publications include Positive Youth Development and Runaway and Homeless Youth.

National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) identifies and promotes strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income families. It publishes the Child Poverty News and Issues newsletter.

National Coalition on Health Care The National Coalition on Health Care is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that represents the nation's largest alliance working to improve America's health care and make it more affordable. The coalition offers several policy studies with titles ranging from "Why the Quality of U.S. Health Care Must Be Improved" to "The Rising Number of Uninsured Workers: An Approaching Crisis in Health Care Financing."v

National Coalition for the Homeless The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national advocacy network of activists, homeless persons, service providers, and others committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and technical assistance. It lobbies for government programs to help the homeless, conducts research, and works as a clearinghouse on information about the homeless. It publishes the monthly newsletter Safety Network and many pamphlets and reports, including Shredding the Safety Network: The Contract with America’s Impact on Poor and Homeless People.

National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) The National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) is a national coalition of labor, women's, and civil rights organizations and individuals working to achieve pay equity by eliminating sex- and race-based wage discrimination. Its publications include a quarterly newsletter, Newsnotes, and numerous books and briefing papers on the issue of pay equity.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a national organization that promotes civil rights and economic opportunities for Hispanics. It provides technical assistance to Hispanic organizations engaged in community development, including economic development, housing, employment and training, business assistance, health, and other fields. NCLR publishes a quarterly newsletter, Agenda, as well as other issue-specific newsletters on poverty.

National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), founded in 1981, is a working alliance of 84 women's research and policy centers, more than 3,000 affiliates, and a network of over 200 international centers. NCRW's mission is to enhance the connections among research, policy analysis, advocacy, and innovative programming on behalf of women and girls. It conducts research and education programs and acts as a clearinghouse. The council publishes an annual report, directories, and reports such as the Girls Report and IQ: Women and Girls in Science, Math, and Engineering. Its quarterly newsletter is titled Women's Research Network News.

National Employment Law Project (NELP) The National Employment Law Project implements litigation and advocates policies to promote the employment rights of the poor and disabled and to fight employment discrimination and abusive discharge. It publishes the quarterly Employment Law News as well as books and monographs on employment law.

National Immigration Forum (NIF) The forum believes that legal immigrants strengthen America and that welfare benefits do not attract illegal immigrants. It supports effective measures aimed at curbing illegal immigration and promotes programs and policies that help refugees and immigrants assimilate into American society. The forum publishes the quarterly newsletter the Golden Door and the bimonthly newsletter Immigration Policy Matters.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) The mission of NLCHP is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the organization pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, public education

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is dedicated to ending America's affordable housing crisis. NLIHC educates, organizes, and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing within healthy neighborhoods for everyone. The coalition provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and educates the public on housing needs and the strategies for solutions. Its quarterly publication is Roundup.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights includes community, church, labor, and legal groups committed to the cause of equal rights for all immigrants. These groups work to end discrimination and unfair treatment of illegal immigrants and refugees. It publishes a monthly newsletter, Network News.

National Organization for Women (NOW) The National Organization for Women (NOW) is a group of men and women who support full equality for women in truly equal partnership with men. NOW seeks to end prejudice and discrimination against women in government, industry, the professions, churches, political parties, the judiciary, labor unions, education, science, medicine, law, religion, and every other field of importance in American society. NOW promotes passage of a constitutional equality amendment and enforcement of federal legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, engages in lobbying and litigation, and works to increase the number of women elected to local, county, and state offices, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. Its Legal Defense and Education Fund provides legal referrals and conducts research on a broad range of issues concerning women and the law. It offers a comprehensive list of publications, including testimony on sexual harassment, books, articles, reports, and briefs. The fund offers legal resource kits pertaining to a variety of issues, including violence against women. NOW publishes the National Now Times newspaper bimonthly.

National Partnership for Women and Families The National Partnership for Women and Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help men and women meet the demands of work and family. Its monthly newsletter, reports, and press releases are available for viewing on its website.

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, established in 1968, is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by abuses of compulsory unionism.

National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates to promote the independence and well-being of low income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities. Published articles and press releases may be viewed on its website.

National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness (NSCAHH) The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness is a network of college and high school students, educators, and community leaders who work to fight hunger and homelessness in the United States and around the world. Its mission is to create a generation of student/community activists who will explore and understand the root causes of poverty and who will initiate positive change through service and action. It publishes the quarterly newsletter Students Making a Difference as well as numerous manuals, fact sheets, and handbooks.

Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) The Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a nonpartisan, national, not-for-profit organization convened by major civil rights, civil liberties, and anti-poverty groups. PRRAC's purpose is to link social science research to advocacy work in order to successfully address problems at the intersection of race and poverty. Its bimonthly publication, Poverty and Race, often includes articles on race- and income-based inequities in the United States.

Robin Hood Foundation, The The Robin Hood Foundation makes grants to early childhood, youth, and family-centered programs located in the five boroughs of New York City. It publishes the report “Kids Having Kids: A Robin Hood Foundation Special Report on the Costs of Adolescent Childbearing.”

School of Labor and Employment Relations (ILIR) The School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) is one of the world's premier programs dedicated to advancing theory, policy and practice in all aspects of labor and employment relations. Students in our master's and doctoral programs pursue careers in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, and related fields—learning from a distinguished faculty.

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice The National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a nonprofit organization, advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities. NCLEJ staff work in partnership with public interest advocates, private law firms, legal services lawyers, and grassroots groups across the country.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advises the president on health, welfare, and income security plans, policies, and programs of the federal government. The department's many administrations and agencies can provide information and statistics on children and families, health care, or social security and welfare/workfare.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the government agency responsible for housing issues. It deals with creating opportunities for homeownership, issues on providing housing for lowincome persons, homelessness, fair housing laws, and stimulating economic growth low-income communities. HUD publishes reports and guidebooks on these issues and many other topics related to them.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service This is a portal site for all information and forms related to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration, as well as numerous reports and evaluations on selected programs, statistics and information on immigration and immigration laws as well as congressional testimony, fact sheets, and other materials are available on this website.

Wage and Hour Division (WHD), U.S. Department of Labor (ESA) The DOL Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is responsible for enforcing some of our nation’s most comprehensive federal labor laws on topics, including the minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, youth employment and special employment, family and medical leave, migrant workers, lie detector tests, worker protections in certain temporary worker programs, and the prevailing wages for government service and construction contracts.

Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) The Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. It assembles and distributes science-based information on weight control, obesity, and nutritional disorders. WIN produces videos in its Clinical Nutrition and Obesity lecture series and a quarterly newsletter for health professionals, WIN Notes.

Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) works to expand employment opportunities for women by overcoming sex-stereotypic education and training, work segregation, and discrimination in employment practices and wages. It publishes Women at Work periodically as well as books and fact sheets.

Women's Action Alliance (WAA) The Women's Action Alliance was established in 1975 as a national nonprofit service organization that provides educational services and programs to help women become self-sufficient and independent. It publishes educational materials on pornography and Women in Action, a quarterly newsletter.

Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor (WB) The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau is the only federally mandated agency for representing working women in the public policy process. The Women's Bureau formulates the standards and policies which promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, and improve their opportunities for profitable employment. It publishes the Don't Work in the Dark, Know Your Rights series of brochures addressing discrimination issues in the workplace.

Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI) Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI) is an independent, national public policy organization thatstudies, reports on, and advocates for women's issues. Its primary initiatives include women's health care,career opportunities and advancement for women, and women in the military. WREI publishes frequent reportsand analyses as well as books. Among the titles are The American Woman 2000-2001: Getting to the Top andWomen in the Military: Where They Stand.

Women Work! Women Work! fosters the development of programs and services that prepare women for the workforce. It acts as a clearinghouse, providing the public with technical assistance, information, data collection, legislative monitoring, and other services. It also provides referrals and information on research in progress. Women Work! publishes books, guides, reports, the quarterly newsletters The More Things Change. . .A Status Report on Displaced Homemakers and Single Parents and Network News, and the semiannual newsletter Women Work!

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