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Children's Interests/Mother's Rights: The Shaping of America's Child Care Policy


reviewed by Annie Georges 1999

coverTitle: Children's Interests/Mother's Rights: The Shaping of America's Child Care Policy
Author(s): Sonya Michel
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300085516, Pages: 432, Year: 1999
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Providing and funding child care has taken center stage in recent policy debates. Yet this discourse is typically focused on helping mothers make the transition from welfare to work. Sonya Michel suggests that such an approach is too narrow, and argues that universal government-supported child care is needed. However, the author's analysis does not inform the reader why this type of child care is essential to women's social rights and children's inter­ests. Rather, it is a well-documented historical analysis of the events that have prevented the fruition of universal government-supported child care in the United States This historical analysis is valuable in that it adds to our understanding of how inadequate child care contributed to child labor during the industrial revolution. Surprisingly, the analysis also enhances our understanding of how inadequate child care may have led to occupational segregation as women first entered the labor market during that period. Michel's thesis is that the United States does not have a universal public child care policy because women's... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 101 Number 2, 1999, p. 269-271
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10688, Date Accessed: 11/24/2014 2:58:18 AM

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