The National Partnership for Women and Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and families. Formed in 1971 as the Women's Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership focuses on issues relating to work and family, health care, and workplace fairness. To promote awareness and educate the public, the National Partnership's site provides advice, topical essays, fact sheets, and contacts.
The features of interest on this site are the "Newsroom" and "Publications." The "Newsroom" has a chronological listing of current press releases and an archive of older press releases dating back to 2000. The organization's newsletters, 2000 to the current issue, are available as HTML full text. The National Partnership offers guides through the "Publications" section. Although free print copies can be ordered, selections from the guides and their endnotes are available on the Web site. The guides vary from research on the depiction of work/family issues on television to questions and answers on the Family Leave Act.
There are a variety of methods to navigate this site. Users can search by keyword, browse the site map, or use the menus. Also, there are links to site content organized by program area: "Health Care," "Work and Family," and "Workplace Fairness." Within each topic area, there is a side menu with a table of contents. Extensive "Resource Links" within each of the program areas guide users to other related Web pages. At the time of review, of the thirty-four links in the Health Care section all were active except one.
The essays and fact sheets available on this site are valuable, offering advice and information not easily found elsewhere. However, with the exception of "News Alerts," much of the content is not dated and authors' names for most of the guides and fact sheets are not provided.
This site's target audience is the general public, specifically those with concerns on discrimination, reproductive rights, family leave, sexual harassment, and health care. Undergraduate students looking for information on these issues may find this site useful.
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