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Tips for Finding & Exploring Educational/Policy/Advocacy sites
- Whether the group is an educational/policy group, advocacy organization, or professional association, be sure to read the section of its web site that describes the mission and goals of the group. This is usually an "About us," link.
- Most educational/think tank/policy sites will have an "Issues" our "Topics" link-be sure to check this out.
- To find advocacy groups, think about trade or professional associations that may be invested in health care.
- Once you find an advocacy organization, look for links on its
website to "news alerts,", "legislation or legislative action,"
Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network
A part of Boston College and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Network calls itself "the premier online destination for information about work and family."
A Better Balance
This legal center concentrates on advocacy for those policy changes that better balance the needs of work and home.
"Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business."
Center For Women and Work (Rutgers University)
The Center for Women and Work (CWW) is an innovative leader in Research and Programs that promotes gender equity, a high skill economy, and reconciliation of work and well-being for all. CWW is located in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Center for Women and Work (UMass-Lowell)
"Since its inception in 1998, the Center for Women and Work has demonstrated its strong commitment to addressing the gendered conditions of work in several key ways: by designing and implementing programs and projects that foster new ways of thinking about the gendered conditions of work..."
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
EPI is a well-known progressive think tank which publishes research and analysis on employment and public policy issues. Many of their publications and articles, plus data and graphs on employment and wage demographics, are available on their web site.
Families and Work Institute (FW)
"A nonprofit center dedicated to providing research for living in today’s changing workplace, changing family and changing community" They focus on "issues in three major areas: the workforce/workplace, youth and early childhood."
Institute for Women's Policy Research
"The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies."
LEAF- Women's Legal Education and Action Fund
A Canadian "national charitable organization that works toward ensuring the law guarantees substantive equality for all women in Canada."
National Association of Working Women
Founded in 1973 by a group of working women in Boston, this national organization is "dedicated to putting working women's issues on the public agenda."
National Council for Research on Women
"A network of 120 leading research, policy and advocacy centers committed to improving the lives of women and girls."
National Women's Law Center
First established as part of the Center For Law and Social Policy in 1972, becoming independent in 1981, the NWLC works "to expand, defend and promote women’s rights at every stage of the legal process."
Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the word. Its work is carried out by eight projects, which include Pew Hispanic Center (http://pewhispanic.org/) and the Social & Demographic Trends project (http://pewsocialtrends.org/).
Women's Studies Librarian's Office (UW)
Created in 1977 to serve students, faculty, librarians, and administrators across the Univerity of Wisconsin System; part of the UW System Women's Studies Consortium.
Part of the UC-Hastings College of the Law, the Center is "a nonprofit research and advocacy group with a unique “six stakeholder” model that reflects our belief that many different stakeholders are ready, willing, and able to play a role in sparking social and organizational change around work/life issues."