Care Work is The Engine of Our Economy and Society

Supporters wearing Care in Action shirts

All of us will need care at some point in our lives. It is fundamental to our survival and quality of life, and impacts nearly every facet of our society. The policies that support everyone having access to affordable, quality care will benefit families, the economy, and most importantly, our shared future.

The #CareWins campaign represents the families, caregivers, care workers, and voters who understand that a care agenda – paid leave, childcare and pre-K, aging and disability care, and good jobs and wages for those providing care – is how we ensure we’re all able to live with the dignity and respect we deserve. And #CareWins is a way for us to join together to hold our elected leaders accountable to getting the job done.

Here’s the bottom line: Care is critical.

When We Fight Together, Care Wins!

We know care is an issue we’re all invested in. Now, let’s make care a critical issue that will require action from our leaders and set the stage for bold legislative wins this year, next year, and beyond.

#CareWins supports expanding access to childcare, providing funding for childcare, and paid family and medical leave, among other policies that lift workers and families.

These policies supported by #CareWins enjoy strong bipartisan support

  • Democrat support ranging between 75% and 79%
  • Independent support ranging between 62% and 73%
  • Republican support ranging between 53% and 60%

38 million

A recent AARP report found that an estimated 38 million people are caregivers in the United States

  • Unpaid caregivers engage in an estimated $600 billion worth of work per year.
  • And similar to domestic workers, unpaid caregivers are predominantly women with an increasing number of men.

Women who are caregivers often have to choose between their employment, livelihoods, and their loved ones – resulting in millions of women leaving the workforce during the pandemic and far fewer women than men moving back into the workforce.

Paid family and medical leave was one of the top 10 policy solutions most supported by women overall as important for Congress to take action on.

Paid leave continues to be a benefit that only high-income earners receive (American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution 2020 Caregiving Study), which often means that families have to make impossible choices when it comes to their families’ safety and health.

Care is not only a women’s issue, though. It’s a societal issue straining individuals, families, and communities all across the country.

Ignoring the care crisis is not an option—it’s time for our leaders to see care as the transformative investment it is.