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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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(p.169) Conclusion
Demanding Child Care

Natalie M. Fousekis

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter argues that California's low-income working mothers and educators saved public child care as it vanished across the nation, leaving a one-of-a-kind program between World War II and the War on Poverty. While California's child care centers provided women with a valuable service, they also produced a few generations of active democratic subjects, women who realized a need beyond their own and took political action. Indeed, whether for a year or two, women who participated in the movement learned how to express their political rights. Some of the women were leftists or members of labor unions but for most, joining parents' councils or the statewide association was their first foray into the world of politics.

Keywords:   working mothers, educators, California, public child care, political action, political rights

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