Today, 73% of women with children aged 0-6 years are in the paid workforce. If women are to have equal access to the work force, education and professional training, good, affordable child care is essential. Women shouldn’t have to assume responsibility for caring for young children at the price of their own financial independence.
Why Child Care is Important to Women’s Equality
Almost a third of women in part-time jobs cited caring for children as the reason they were in part-time work. Time spent outside of full-time employment taking care of young children results in a reduction of lifetime earnings for women with children. This reduction is estimated at as high as 57% compared to the earnings of women without children.
Good child care policy helps reduce the time women spend outside of full-time employment. It also recognizes the importance of caring for children, which has traditionally been done by women for free.
Funding for Child Care
In NAWL’s Brief to the Finance Committee on the 2005 Federal Budget (as a member of the Coalition for Women’s Equality), we argued that the federal government has sufficient resources to implement a National Child Care Program. See pages 17-18.
In 2006, on International Women’s Day, NAWL called on Prime Minister Harper to maintain and renew the 2005 funding agreements concluded with the provinces for child care programs.
- Child Care is Key to Women’s Equality (doc) (March 8, 2006)