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Our children should know the word. All of us should use the word. Watch our video with Gloria Steinem discussing feminism today.

 F Word = Feminism

Women still only make $.77 to every dollar a man makes which is an average of a million dollars less over a lifetime. 
The costs of child care in the U.S. are astronomical. Childcare costs have jumped almost 70 percent since the mid-1980s, based on constant 2011 dollars, the Census Bureau reported last year. As a result, paying for childcare may be increasingly out of reach.
The U.S. is the only major industrialized country without universal childcare. We need to do better for women and for children.

The High Cost of Child Care

The cost of full-time child care for an infant is higher than the cost of in-state college tuition in 31 states. Finding quality, affordable and flexible child care is difficult for middle class families, and it can be virtually impossible for low-income women. This puts children at risk in being placed in less than ideal childcare situations. It also risks the employment of their mothers, as many cannot afford to keep working. Almost one-third of mothers are now stay-at-home parents, up from a 45-year low of 23 percent in 1999, the Pew Research Center recently found. For many of those parents, the choice isn't based on parenting beliefs, but rather is rooted in stark household economics.

And despite the high cost, child care providers — 97% of whom are women — often receive low pay. In fact, these women, who are disproportionately women of color, are among the least likely of workers to be guaranteed basic labor rights, like a living wage, safe working conditions, sick leave and overtime pay.

Ensuring Affordable Child Care While Protecting Childcare Workers

The only way to make child care more affordable and accessible, while ensuring that child care workers have the resources and job protections they need to provide quality care – is to make a national commitment to ensuring that all children get the early education and quality care they need to thrive.

The Ms. Foundation is committed to changing the way we think about childcare in this country. We are bringing together groups from all across the country to create a shift where child care becomes a core part of our economic policies.

Join us in our call for universal child care – so that all families have access to affordable, quality childcare. Send Letter to Congress

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