Child Care

  • Will Biden Reverse 50 Years of Failure on Child Care Policy?

    by Anna K. Danziger Halperin

    Achieving better childcare policy requires recognizing women may be both mothers and workers, and moving past ideological views that women's economic independence is against the interest of families. 

  • A New Deal, This Time for Everyone

    The New Deal emphasized that American democracy must be healthy for its economy to enjoy legitimacy, and vice versa. It's time, says NYT editor Binyamin Appelbaum, to extend that commitment to the economic participation of women. 

  • A Forgotten Campaign To Support ‘Displaced Homemakers’ May Help Women Today

    by Suzanne Kahn

    A 1970s initiative by feminist Tish Sommers for legislation to help women who had worked at home as caregivers to more easily reenter the paid workforce. Her preferred term "displaced homemaker" emphasized the economic importance of domestic care work most often performed by women and women's vulnerability to economic disruption and provides a useful way to think about solutions to the problems caused by COVID today.

  • Richard Nixon Bears Responsibility for the Pandemic’s Child-Care Crisis

    by Anna K. Danziger Halperin

    Today’s child-care crisis may have been fueled by the outbreak, but it is not new. It has been simmering below the surface for decades and can be traced back to President Richard M. Nixon’s 1971 veto of federally funded universal child care.

  • Why Are Child Care Programs Open When Schools Are Not?

    Drs. Robert Pianta and Myra Jones-Taylor expressed hope that parents’ pandemic experiences of working while juggling care and education will lead to a newfound appreciation for both elements, and the modern economy’s reliance on them.

  • The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism

    by Helen Lewis

    When people note that Shakespeare and Newton did some of their best work while England was ravaged by the plague, there is an obvious response: Neither of them had child-care responsibilities.