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Demanding Child Care – Women's Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-1971 - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Demanding Child Care: Women's Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-1971

Natalie M. Fousekis


At the end of World War II, the federal government announced plans to terminate its public child care programs that had been established during the war for working mothers. In response, women in California protested and lobbied to keep their centers open, even as these programs rapidly vanished in other states. Analyzing the informal networks of cross-class and cross-race reformers, policymakers, and educators, this book traces the rapidly changing alliances among these groups. During the early stages of the childcare movement, feminists, Communists, and labor activists banded together, only t ... More

Keywords: public child care, working mothers, cross-race reformers, cross-class reformers, policymakers, educators, child care program

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036255
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036255.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natalie M. Fousekis, author
Cal State-Fullerton

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