Our struggle to value caregiving has capitalist roots, but changing economic policy starts with dismantling the idea of caregiving as the altruistic woman’s responsibility.
Americans have to return to work two weeks after giving birth—without a guaranteed paid day off. Parents cobble together time off, often racking up debt. Which is why Biden needs to enact a comprehensive plan.
While Bernie Sanders dismisses “identity politics” as a distraction, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren are focusing their campaigns on the child-care crisis, and calling it what it is: gender oppression.
Despite the sexism oozing from the White House, states are gradually tackling paid family leave, signaling to Washington that a national policy is long overdue. Should we hold our breath?