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3 Perspectives from Care Sector Leaders
Pages 13-16

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From page 13...
... •  Responding to the care crisis requires all-of-society solutions because every one is touched by caregiving and this is a non-partisan issue, but part of being a human and living a human life. (Cannon, Ignatius)
From page 14...
... She added that when families that work in a low-paid industry and need government assistance accessing child care, or housing or other services, they are required to complete extensive paperwork that seems premised on an assumption that the applicant is trying to commit fraud. This is based on a harmful myth of the welfare queen, but Ignatius shared that in her 25 years in the field, she has met "women of color working multiple jobs while attending school and raising a family." There is a history of stigma associated with care workers -- in home care or in child care -- who are not considered professionals, Cannon noted.
From page 15...
... To repair the systems that all communities depend on, a wide range of partners are needed to work together. There are no "six-figure paid lobbyists in the care economy, or proof yet that we are voting in numbers that require elected officials listen to us" so what is needed are researchers who will partner to co-design research that is quantitative and qualitative, media that will partner with workers in the care economy to tell stories of strength and societal contribution, and stories of the dignity and pride of care workers.
From page 16...
... Caregivers, she added, have other skills and abilities, e.g., they can be entrepreneurs, and in co-ops, they have a voice and can participate in forums that allow them to speak to policymakers directly. In her closing comment, Ignatius said that supporting steps to economic security for workers will improve workers' health -- they will sleep better, have lower cholesterol, and experience less stress and anxiety.

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