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Compared to men, women spend a disproportionate amount of time attending to the needs of children and adults under their care.. Because of caregiving demands, more than half of employed women caregivers have made special workplace arrangements, such as arriving late, leaving early or working fewer hours. Women represent 61 percent of all caregivers and 75 percent of caregivers who report feeling very strained emotionally, physically or financially by such responsibilities. Minor-aged women and girls also shoulder caregiving duties, usually unrecognized and uncompensated. Affordable, accessible, quality child care and elder care, as well as greater delegation of responsibilities to spouses and partners, are required to offset the overwhelming care loads within families and communities.

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Originally posted on Igniting Change, the Ms. Foundation for Women blog
*By Kate MeyerLast week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal...
By Kate Meyer*The National Women’s Law Center hosted a call last week on What’s Next for Early Childhood in the 112th Congress with...

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  • June 5, 2012

    Men are more likely than ever to join female-dominated professions--and they're also more likely to out-earn their female colleagues. 


  • May 23, 2012

    Gallup finds that stay-at-home mothers are more likely to report having ever been diagnosed with depression than moms who work outside the home


  • May 21, 2012

    The AP reports on the "Mommy Wars," the confluence in less than a month of a campaign-trail scuffle involving Mitt Romney's wife, Ann; Elisabeth Badinter's new book; and most of all a provocative magazine cover — conveniently tied...


  • May 14, 2012

    According to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), over half of the nation's top divorce attorneys say that they have seen an increase in the number of mothers paying child support during the past three years, and...


  • April 30, 2012

    Breast-feeding comes with an often-overlooked cost to new mothers, according to a new study by Phyllis L.F. Rippeyoung, an assistant professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and published in the American Sociological Review.