To End the Caregiving Crisis, Reimagine the Care Economy to Support Its Cornerstone: Black Women
Senior black mum and her middle aged daughter smile to camera embracing, close up

Black women have long been the cornerstone of care in America. We raised this nation, caring for others’ children — first under duress, then out of necessity. Now, it’s Black, brown and immigrant women risking their health to provide for their families during the coronavirus pandemic, and disproportionately caring for America’s children and elders.

America’s recovery – and our liberation – hinges on building a robust care system where everyone who needs care can easily and affordably access it, and where all care providers receive the respect and compensation they deserve.

Closing the staggering wealth gap between Black and white families means addressing anti-Blackness in all the ways it manifests in our economy. At home, Black women are often both the breadwinner and caregiver, with most unpaid responsibilities falling to us. As care workers, we hold the sixth fastest-growing job in a rapidly aging nation. This care allows people to continue working and financially supporting their families.

Much of families’ care needs fall disproportionately on Black women’s shoulders — partly because that’s how it’s always been. Starting during chattel slavery, white men and women have used physical violence and discriminatory laws to devalue caregiving and exclude domestic workers from fair wages and labor protections. Today, care jobs remain poverty jobs (median annual earnings are about $25,280 for home health and personal care aides and $24,230 for childcare workers) and lack benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans and childcare. The very people who care for our nation cannot afford high-quality care for their own families.

Read more in the Morning Consult.

This is an external article from our library

Everyone is talking about caregiving, but it can still be difficult to find meaningful information and real stories that go deep. We read (and listen to and watch and look at) the best content about caregiving and bring you a curated selection.

Have a great story about care work? Use our contact form to submit it to us so we can share it with the community!

Related Articles

Popular categories

After Caregiving
Finding Meaning
Finding Support

Don't see what you're looking for? Search the library

Share your thoughts


Share your thoughts and experiences

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join our communities

Whenever you want to talk, there’s always someone up in one of our Facebook communities.

These private Facebook groups are a space for support and encouragement — or getting it off your chest.

Join our newsletter

Thoughts on care work from Cori, our director, that hit your inbox each Monday morning (more-or-less).

There are no grand solutions, but there are countless little ways to make our lives better.

Share your insights

Caregivers have wisdom and experience to share. Researchers, product developers, and members of the media are eager to understand the nature of care work and make a difference.

We have a group specifically to connect you so we can bring about change.