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Essays on Equality: The politics of childcare

Unfortunately, the evidence shows the system in the UK is broken. Women are leaving work because they cannot afford childcare costs, and early years professionals are quitting the industry because they are underpaid and undervalued. The system does not work for parents, childcare workers or the economy. Early years education is the bedrock of children’s future attainment, yet it has been routinely overlooked, undercut and dismissed.

– Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership

Read contributions from the collection from researchers, activists, policymakers and political leaders from around the world

Waad Al Kateab News story

14 March 2023

Parenting in a warzone

Waad Al-Kateab is a journalist, activist and filmmaker. This essay tells the powerful story behind…


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Our latest edition of Essays on Equality takes an international and intersectional lens to explore the broad range of issues around the politics of childcare – covering everything from the impacts of the cost of living crisis to parenting in a warzone.

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