One of the great legacies of the feminists who came before us is choice. It affects us differently throughout our lives as women; when we become mothers, we are able to choose to stay home and parent, work part-time or return to work full-time, and move between these options.
By and large our choices are respected and some supports are available to enable us to do so. Undoubtedly, we need more affordable childcare, more flexible and secure work opportunities, and more support to re-skill and gain qualifications, but significant progress has been made over the past 50 years.
Caring for pre-school aged children is essential and indeed inevitable; whether it is by a parent, grandparent or paid childcare educator, someone needs to provide this care. It is here that our society continues to fall short, in the undervaluing of the unpaid care (and indeed the paid childcare) provided to children, largely by women…
SOURCE: Jenny Davidson. “ParentsNext doesn’t help parents become more job ready.” Women’s Agenda, April 2019.
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