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Demanding Child CareWomen's Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-1971$
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Natalie M. Fousekis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036255

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036255.001.0001

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Californians Secure Wartime Child Care

Californians Secure Wartime Child Care

(p.15) 1 Californians Secure Wartime Child Care
Demanding Child Care

Natalie M. Fousekis

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the Lanham Act program, which was established by the federal government during World War II. Rather than looking at public policy from the perspective of Washington D.C., it focuses on the main centers of war industry in California: Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. The move to establish child care during the war was fueled by the grassroots political activism of local child care committees and political organizations, many of which were dominated by women. Ultimately, it was the initiative of people far removed from Washington that resulted in the planning, implementation, and promotion of Lanham Act centers.

Keywords:   Lanham Act program, public policy, war industry, California, political activism, child care committees, Lanham Act centers

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