Posted by Marcia D. Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-Presidents, National Women's Law Center    Throughout the nation's history, the actions of Congress, the President, and the courts have had a tremendous impact on the progress of women and their families. Laws, regulations, and court decisions establishing, protecting, and advancing women's rights and opportunities have resulted in significant improvements in the lives of women. These improvements have benefited not only individual women and their families, but also the nation as a whole. Now, with the 2008 election behind us, it's time for us all to look to the future and work together to tackle the issues that are so critical to women and their families. The nation has no time to spare in providing guaranteed, affordable health care for all, passing essential legislation that provides basic fairness in the workplace, like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and undoing some of the onerous restrictions on women's access to reproductive health that were imposed by the Bush Administration. A first order of business is to pass and implement an economic recovery plan that addresses the needs of women and their families, including by extending unemployment insurance benefits and by increasing nutrition, energy, housing, child care, and Head Start assistance. In addition, the plan should provide fiscal relief to the states to avert cuts in education, Medicaid, child support enforcement, and other critical services. In the coming years, actions by the new Administration, as well as Congress and the courts, will be critically important to the lives of women and their families. Here at the National Women's Law Center, we've created A Platform for Progress outlining concrete proposals to address the unmet needs of women and their families in the areas of education, employment, basic economic security, health, and legal rights. Together, we can ensure that the government meets its responsibility to expand opportunities for women and their families.