This edition of Sprouts looks at childcare as a feminist issue in light of a new mayor in NYC who has pledged to expand it and has made this a centerpiece of his campaign. We’ll trace the history of childcare availability from World War II to the present, focusing on New York City, where the last mayor partially dismantled what had been considered a model program. We’ll feature interviews with parents struggling to find affordable childcare, and Union organizers/childcare advocates and activists who were part of direct actions (takeovers of buildings and storefronts) as radical feminists fought for childcare in 1960’s and 70’s. Childcare is basic to freedom for women–as without it, women are forced to make a choice between having paid jobs and raising children.
Producer: Fran Luck, Joy Of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI