Gender Justice

Nurses at march hold signs "Union Women are Powerful Women"

Registered nurses know that gender justice is fundamental to our ability to effectively advocate for patients, demand safe workplaces, and build healthy unions. Social well-being depends on care work that has historically been performed by women and gender-oppressed people. Nurses’ fight for gender justice is a fight for equity of opportunity, conditions, safety, collectivity, health, and dignity for all people regardless of gender. Read more ».

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LGBTQI+ health equity booklet

Learn about gender terms, health disparities and health determinants in sexual and gender minorities, and more.

Class available! Gender Justice and the Fight for Bodily Autonomy

This CE class will examine the connections between attacks on LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights, review the overwhelming evidence that reproductive and gender-affirming health care are lifesaving care, and consider how reproductive, gender, and racial health disparities make the fight for health care justice integral to gender and racial justice.

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The labor of labor: Forced birth is forced work

Labor Day is a chance to reflect on and celebrate workers, the people who get things done and keep our society running. Nurses know firsthand just how much work goes into giving birth for our patients, especially if we’re labor and delivery nurses or parents ourselves.

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ACT UP’s fearless activism and organizing is a model for fighting for justice

Without our advocacy in coalition with patients and marginalized communities, the U.S. corporate health care industry and government will continue to fail people.

NNU condemns Supreme Court’s overturning of constitutional right to abortion

As a union of health care providers dedicated to advocating for the best interests of our patients, National Nurses United opposes any efforts to restrict our patients’ control and choices over their own health care and their own bodies.

The loss of Roe v. Wade's legal underpinnings, stemming from SCOTUS's Dobbs decision, assaults a woman’s right to choose, and threatens other basic rights

The hard truth of the matter is that this decision allows state legislators to deprive women of control over their own bodies and destiny.

Videos

Deadly Shame Part 1: Care Penalty

Employers, lawmakers, and society at large have systematically devalued care work. As nursing is historically characterized as “women’s work,” nurses pay a “care penalty” resulting in unfair wages and unsafe working conditions that threaten our very lives.

Union contracts = equal pay for equal work

National Nurses United President Jean Ross explains how union contracts ensure equal pay for every person regardless of gender.

Press releases

As advocates for patients and a just, healthy society, the registered nurses of National Nurses United mourn in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ siblings targeted in Saturday’s deadly Colorado Springs shooting.
NNU urges senators to take a stand for reproductive health justice and codify protections established by Roe v. Wade, ensuring a patient’s right to control their own body, and support the suspension of the filibuster to hold the vote.
As a union of health care providers dedicated to advocating for the best interests of our patients, NNU opposes any efforts to restrict our patients’ control and choices over their own health care and their own bodies.
National Nurses United today applauds a Texas judge’s decision to stop child abuse investigations into transgender youth and their families on the grounds of providing gender-affirming care.