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[Review of the book Working mothers and the child care dilemma: A history of British Columbia's social policy]

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For decades, Canadian parents, child care advocates, policymakers, and academics have asked, "Why doesn't Canada have a national, accessible, affordable, and high-quality child care system?" Lisa Pasolli's engaging presentation of the history of childcare policy in British Columbia offers a comprehensive answer to this question. Her investigation reveals one hundred years of societal and governmental ambivalence toward, and discomfort with, working motherhood. Pasolli documents how, at key historical moments from the need for domestic labor at the turn of the twentieth century, the emergence of second-wave feminism in the 1960s, to a childcare "policy rut" (p. 174) by 2012, this ambivalence contributed to inadequate, piecemeal, and often punitive childcare policies at municipal and provincial levels. (author abstract)
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