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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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By Sara K. Gould* Linda Basch: How has ARRA impacted our economy from a local, community, or individual/family perspective?Sara Gould: ARRA has...
January 25, 2010 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird Ever since my sophomore year of college, when I took “Social, Class, and Power,” I’ve...
December 11, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-BairdNearly one-third of U.S. adults play caregiver roles in households across the nation according to...
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  • February 17, 2012

     Discrimination against caregivers is still a reality in the American workplace.

  • February 8, 2012

     Moms earn up to 14 percent less than women who don't have children, says a University of New Mexico study. Host Michel Martin discusses the gap with UNM economist Kate Krause; Dina Bakst of A Better Balance, a workplace rights organization; and...

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