Advocacy

A Hidden Hero

“Social workers are responsible for social security,” I often heard.  In NASW’s focus on social work reinvestment, we have invoked the name of Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a Presidential cabinet and as United States Secretary of Labor.  She was one of the longest-serving cabinet officers in history.  As we are facing current economic challenges, Frances Perkins’ ... Read More »

Photo: At the White House for the signing of an executive order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls

March 11, 2009 – NASW and IASWR executive directors Betsy Clark and Joan Zlotnik stood behind Dr. Dorothy I. Height (blue hat, bottom center) at a White House event where President Obama signed an executive order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls. The Council will be chaired by Valerie Jarrett and staffed by Tina Tchen. The President ... Read More »

US Department of Education budget highlights

We were recently invited to a conference call with the Department of Education, where we discussed the President’s 2010 budget for their department. We were part of a small group asked to participate and were able to learn, firsthand, about the Administration’s plan to: Make Pell grant funding mandatory. The maximum for the 2010-11 academic year would be $5,550. Restructure ... Read More »

Social Work in the News – February 20, 2009

News Source: Google News Employee hangs self in suburban high school Chicago Sun-Times The social work team is available to students and staff at a north suburban high school Thursday after a school employee killed himself in the school … USF social work interns will try some Capitol lobbying Tampabay.com – St. Petersburg, FL “It’ll help them as they start ... Read More »

Social Work in the News – February 11, 2009

SD Legislature committee refers social work bill USD Volante Online – Vermillion, SD As the Senate version of HB 1091, which would appropriate funds toward a master of social work degree program in higher education, Senate bill 72 will be … Hard times steer some toward social work The Post-Standard – Syracuse.com – Syracuse, NY Employment of social workers is ... Read More »

Press Release: 111th Congress Urged to Support Social Work Reinvestment

For Immediate Release February 3, 2009 Contact: Gail Woods Waller 202.336.8236 gwaller@naswdc.org Elizabeth Franklin 202.408.8600 x537 efranklin@naswdc.org 111th Congress Urged to Support Social Work Reinvestment New York Congressman Ed Towns Champions “Safety Net” Profession Washington, DC – Congress has reintroduced legislation to strengthen the social work workforce.The workforce, currently at 600,000 professionally trained members, is facing significant challenges including an ... Read More »

Obama Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into Law

Betsy Clark Executive Director National Association of Social Workers January 29, 2009 On the evening of January 28, I was completing some work at my office in DC when I received a phone call from the White House inquiring if I would like to join President Obama the next morning as he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into ... Read More »

National Association of Social Workers on Twitter

The National Association of Social Workers is excited to announce that we have begun an association twitter feed. At the national office, we often have unique and memorable experiences, whether it’s a meeting to discuss appointing more women to the new administration, planning our upcoming practice conference, or traveling to the White House to witness legislation signed into law, there ... Read More »

Social Workers Applaud Passing of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in Congress

NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark was honored to receive an invitation to the White House on Thursday January 29, 2009 to witness President Obama sign his first piece of legislation into law, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This historic legislation reverses the Supreme Court decision that limited women and other workers’ ability to sue for wage discrimination. The success ... Read More »

Social Work in the News – January 27, 2009

Source: Google News Greenwich native lands White House job Stamford Advocate – Stamford, CT That’s really why she’s there,” said Medvey, 62, a clinical social worker. Medvey’s television viewing habits might be about to change thanks to her … Staying sane as economy hits the skids Buffalo News – NY “You have to reach out and talk to people,” said ... Read More »