The following links highlight organizations that do amazing work advancing the status of women and improving work-life balance. For additional resources related to family responsibilities discrimination (including caregiver discrimination and pregnancy discrimination), see here.
9to5- Today 9to5 is one of the largest, most respected national membership organizations of working women in the U.S., dedicated to putting working women’s issues on the public agenda. 9to5 is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
AARP Public Policy Institute- AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. The Public Policy Institute informs and stimulates public debate on the issues we face as we age. The Institute promotes development of sound, creative policies to address our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life.
Association for Women in Science (AWIS)- AWIS Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-discipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We are committed to driving excellence in STEM and achieving equity for women of all disciplines, across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 20,000 professionals in STEM with members and chapters nationwide. Membership is open to anyone that supports the vision and mission of AWIS.
Boston College Center for Work & Family-Founded in 1990, the Boston College Center for Work & Family is committed to enhancing the quality of life of today’s workforce by providing leadership for the integration of work and life, an essential for individual, organizational, and community success. Their vision is that companies and communities will work together to ensure their mutual prosperity and the well being of employees and their families.
Boston College’s New England Work and Family Association- The New England Work & Family Association (NEWFA) was established in 1992 to help employers understand and address the complex work-life challenges facing today’s workforce.
California Work & Family Coalition-The California Work & Family Coalition is a collaborative of unions and community groups protecting every Californian’s right to a job and a life. The California Work & Family Coalition is one of sixteen state coalitions in the Family Values @ Work consortium working for paid sick days, family leave insurance and other policies that value families at work.
Claremont McKenna’s Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children- The Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children was established in 2001 to be a leading source of research on significant issues impacting the intersection between work and family. The Berger Institute focuses on quantitative research impacting business practices and families.
CLASP-Since 1969, CLASP has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country’s most effective voices for low-income people. They develop and advocate for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.
Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)- Since 1973 CWEALF has worked to advance women’s rights and opportunities in Connecticut. To achieve this, CWEALF’s work is divided into three core programs: Legal Education, Public Policy and Advocacy and Research and Evaluation. Through these programs, CWEALF initiates services to educate and empower women and girls to ensure they have the tools, knowledge and avenues to reach their goals.
The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance-The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance is a national forum dedicated to the promotion and retention of women lawyers and work life control for all attorneys. The Alliance combines research-based organizational solutions and individual strategies for leveraging talent in the legal profession. The goal of the Alliance is to advance best practices towards a more inclusive and diverse legal profession. Alliance members receive vital information about recruiting, retention, and development of attorneys, all with an eye toward solidifying the long-term financial health of your organization.
Families and Work Institute (NY)-Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workplace, the changing family and the changing community. Click here to check out their blog and here to check out their YouTube channel!
The Institute for Workplace Innovation-The Institute for Workplace Innovation, at the University of Kentucky, is a research center with a mission to develop and disseminate knowledge about the 21st century workplace to create work environments that boost the bottom line, employee health, and work-life fit. Their research is informed by theory and guided by the need for innovative, practical solutions. They connect employers to these solutions by building and translating the research, creating applied tools and resources, educating policy makers, and helping employers successfully develop the workforce
Labor Project for Working Families-Founded in 1992, the Labor Project for Working Families (Labor Project) is a national non-profit organization that builds alliances between unions, advocacy and community groups to advance and implement family-friendly workplace policies such as family leave, paid sick days and worker-controlled flexibility.
Labor Resource Center at UMass, Boston-The Labor Resource Center (LRC) is an undergraduate education and research center located within the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Their work centers on the belief that the labor movement, representing both organized and unorganized workers, is an essential force for economic and social justice.
National Organization for Women-The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women.
National Partnership for Women & Families-The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1971, the National Partnership works on public policies, education and outreach that focus on women and families.
Texas Work Force Commission-Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.(By focusing on the needs of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.)
University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation-The Institute for Workplace Innovation, at the University of Kentucky, is a research center with a mission to develop and disseminate knowledge about the 21st century workplace to create work environments that boost the bottom line, employee health, and work-life fit. Their research is informed by theory and guided by the need for innovative, practical solutions.
University of Pennsylvania Work and Family Researchers Network-The Work and Family Researchers Network (formerly the Sloan Work and Family Research Network), is an international membership organization of interdisciplinary work and family researchers. The WFRN facilitates virtual and face-to-face interaction among work and family researchers from a broad range of fields and engages the next generation of work and family scholars.
Wellesley Centers for Women-Since 1974, WCW has conducted interdisciplinary studies on issues such as: gender equity in education, sexual harassment in schools, child care, adolescent development, gender violence, and women’s leadership—studies that have influenced private practices and public policy.
Wharton Work/Life Integration Project-The Wharton Work/Life Integration Project was founded in 1991 to produce knowledge for action on the relationship between work and the rest of life. The Wharton Work/Life Integration Project was founded in 1991 to understand how students and alumni think about and value their interests in life: work, education, family, society, and the private self (mind, body, and spirit).
Workplace Flexibility 2010-Workplace Flexibility 2010 is a public policy initiative at Georgetown Law. They view workplace flexibility as part of the solution to a myriad of intense pressures facing American employees and employers. Since 2003, they have worked to create a deep substantive knowledge base on workplace flexibility through a systematic review of laws impacting workplace flexibility in this country.