Normalizing Men as Caregivers Helps Families and Society

When we imagine a caregiver, we often picture a woman: a mother caring for young children, spouse, and the daily household chores, a daughter nursing a father with disabilities, or a female child care provider. Historically, women have been expected to serve as primary providers of “caretaking” work, whether it’s parenting or caring for an … Read moreNormalizing Men as Caregivers Helps Families and Society

What it Means to Live in a Country that Does Not Guarantee Paid Family and Medical Leave

The United States stands alone among developed nations for failing to support families with paid family and medical leave. Slightly more than half of the U.S. workforce is eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the 1993 federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Yet given that about four in 10 Americans are unable to … Read moreWhat it Means to Live in a Country that Does Not Guarantee Paid Family and Medical Leave

Rosie Could Be a Riveter Only Because of a Care Economy. Where Is Ours?

Infrastructure “of a country, society, or organization,” according to the Collins Dictionary, “consists of the basic facilities … which enable it to function.” I’ve inserted an ellipsis in place of the clause “such as transportation, communications, power supplies, and buildings.” That is the hard physical infrastructure that seemingly everyone agrees is what infrastructure “really” means. … Read moreRosie Could Be a Riveter Only Because of a Care Economy. Where Is Ours?

How Health Care Became the Big Industry in Steel City

The replacement of blue-collar work by pink-collar work has been much discussed, but what makes this book stand out is Winant’s argument that two seemingly distinct phenomena are in fact inextricably connected: “It was not a coincidence that care labor grew as industrial employment declined.” In the 1970s, deindustrialization pushed an ailing and aging population … Read moreHow Health Care Became the Big Industry in Steel City

Chinese Cooking Helps Me Connect With My Mother—And Helps Me Prepare to Lose Her

The words that I could not bring myself to admit bubbled to the surface: I have been preparing for my mother’s death. I do not want her to leave me without preserving what I can. Even though I know it is an impossible task, I am trying to protect myself against regret. In October 2018, … Read moreChinese Cooking Helps Me Connect With My Mother—And Helps Me Prepare to Lose Her