Driven Apart: Women's Employment Equality and Child Care in Canadian Public Policy

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UBC Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 318 pages
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Annis May Timpson demonstrates how Canadian women's calls for family-friendly employment policies have translated into inaction or inappropriate action on the part of successive federal governments. She focuses on debates, public inquiries, and policy evolution during the Trudeau, Mulroney, and Chrétien eras, contextualizing these developments with a discussion of the changing patterns of women's employment since the Second World War. Drawing on a wealth of interviews and close analysis of primary documents, Driven Apart explains why federal governments have been able to implement employment equity policies but have failed to develop a national system of child care. Driven Apart was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE and was awarded The Pierre Savard Prize by the International Council for Canadian Studies.
 

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Contents

Citizenship Motherhood and Employment in the Wartime and Welfare
13
The Royal Commission on the Status of Women
26
A Just Society? The Trudeau Governments Response to the Royal
54
Systemic Discrimination and National Child Care
70
The Royal Commission on Equality in Employment
97
The Mulroney Governments Response to the Royal
126
Employment Equity and Child Care in Mulroneys
156
Creating Opportunity? The Chretien Governments Approach
173
Linked Together Yet Driven Apart
205
A Research Interviews
216
Notes
228
Bibliography
277
Index
307
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Annis May Timpson is the Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

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