The Gender Policy Report: Seizing the Moment to Make Our Care Systems More Equitable
Pinto, Sanjay; Campos-Medina, Patricia; Mabud, Rakeen; Wagner, K.C.
The Biden administration’s $600 billion in proposed federal funding for childcare and long-term care is rightly being framed as an investment in the nation’s core “infrastructure.” Indeed, a robust and equitable care infrastructure is as necessary for generating economic activity as roads and bridges, with important spillover effects to the rest of the labor market. Beyond boosting the economy as a whole, investments in care can also be configured in ways that directly address deeply rooted racial and gender inequities within our society. The Just Recovery Survey, which polled 3,100 working people nationally in late 2020, illuminates the exploitation and lack of protection that women of color experience as direct care workers, the disparate impact of unpaid caregiving on their economic security, and the barriers they confront accessing healthcare when seriously ill. Building on existing frameworks such as this one developed by Caring Across Generations, we draw on these survey findings to reinforce key principles that should guide investments in our childcare, long-term care, and healthcare systems, helping to advance equity and laying the groundwork for our collective economic security.
University of Minnesota
gender; childcare; long-term care; healthcare; equity
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