Caregiving

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.

New Report! Leaves That Pay

This just in!  Eileen Applebaum from the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Ruth  Milkman have released findings from their latest report, Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California. In addition to new data and analysis on experiences with California's unique Paid Family Leave program, Applebaum and Milkman also offer a handy timeline of leave policymaking at the state and federal level as well as data on access to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For instance, did you know that FMLA’s coverage is limited to only about half of all workers, and less than a fifth of all new mothers? 


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Louise Lamphere is a Distinguished Professor of Anthopology Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Past President of the American Anthropological Association. During 2001-2002 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City and was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University in Fall 2007. Her first major publication was Woman, Culture and Society co-edited with Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo (1974). And her book on Navajo family life, To Run After Them: The Social and Cultural Bases of Cooperation in a Navajo Community, was published in 1977. She has studied issues of women and work for 25 years, beginning with her study of women workers in Rhode Island industry, From Working Daughters to Working Mothers (1977).

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Dr. Mariko Chang is the author of the new book, Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It, and the main author of the March 2010 report “Lifting as We Climb Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future.” Dr. Chang has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University from 1998 to 2007 where she published work on occupational sex segregation across countries, the use of social networks for gathering financial information and began her work on the gender wealth gap. To help raise awareness of the wealth gap, she maintains a website that provides data and other information on wealth, assets, and debt for public policy makers, the media, researchers, and organizations that address economic security.
 

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Boston, MA
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California Child Care Program Saved (for now)

Mary Ignatius of Parent Voices wrote us today with good news: the Stage 3 child care program in California will stay in effect until December 31st.  Originally, due to a line-item budget veto by then-Governor Schwarzenegger, the program's funding was to be cut as of November 1st.  Thanks to the work of grassroots organizations and advocates, this will not happen. They will keep the pressure on Governor Brown and the state legislature to restore funding immediately.


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Congress Must Keep Parents Earning, Children Learning

Just in from the National Women's Law Center:


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NCRW Summit Social Supports and Safety Nets Policy Brief (2010)

Participants in the breakout session on social supports and safety nets focused their attention on issues related to childcare, housing, transportation, paid leave, welfare, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and other programs aimed at supporting low-income women and their families.

Update on Child Care Funding in California

Hopefully you all have been following the child care funding situation in California. If you haven't, please take a moment to read Mary Ignatius' recent post, reporting on the devastating impact of the Governor's line-item veto.  Last week, Mary, who is the Statewide Organizer for Parent Voices, reached out to us with some promising news. Here's what she had to say:


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