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Spring 2023


Women, who are viewed as natural caregivers by the society, are overrepresented in childcare occupations. While early childhood care and education determines the trajectory of a child’s development in later years, most economies do not invest enough in developing good quality early childhood care and education. This puts most childcare workers, who are women, in a precarious economic position, and also negatively impacts the development of children. Policies for childcare in the USA, other OECD member countries and the Global South are different with vastly different outcomes for the well-being of women and children. A paradigm shift in the ways we conceptualize work, care, and economy is necessary to ensure our economic activities support the process of social reproduction. Investments in high quality childcare is one way to guarantee basic rights of women and children, and enable them to reach their highest potential.