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Citizen, Mother, Worker: Debating Public Responsibility for Child Care After the Second World War (Gender and American Culture)

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During World War II, American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers, and many of them relied on federally funded child care programs. At the end of the war, working mothers vigorously protested the termination of child care subsidies. In Citizen, Mother, Worker, Emilie Stoltzfus traces grassroots activism and national and local policy debates concerning public funding of children's day care in the two decades after the end of World War II.

Using events in Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and the state of California, Stoltzfus identifies a prevailing belief among postwar policymakers that women could best serve the nation as homemakers. Although federal funding was briefly extended after the end of the war, grassroots campaigns for subsidized day care in Cleveland and Washington met with only limited success. In California, however, mothers asserted their importance to the state's economy as "productive citizens" and won a permanent, state-funded child care program. In addition, by the 1960s, federal child care funding gained new life as an alternative to cash aid for poor single mothers.

These debates about the public's stake in what many viewed as a private matter help illuminate America's changing social, political, and fiscal priorities, as well as the meaning of female citizenship in the postwar period.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [241]-324) and index.

About the Author

Emilie Stoltzfus is an analyst in social legislation at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807854853
Author:
Stoltzfus, Emilie
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Work and family
Subject:
Federal aid to day care centers.
Subject:
Federal aid to child welfare
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Women s Studies/Gender Studies; History/United States: General; Public Policy
Subject:
United States History 1945-
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Women s Studies/Gender Studies
Subject:
History - United States/General
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Gender and American Culture
Series Volume:
IMS-20
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 illus., 5 tables
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Business » Human Resource Management
Business » Management
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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