New Favorite Word: Caregiverism

I’m always sad when a Judith Shulevitz piece ends because I want to read more. In this one she coins a term I hope sticks: caregiverism. It’s a new kind of feminism that prioritizes dignity and economic opportunities for people – men or women – who are primary caregivers. According to Shulevitz, whether you’re responsible for nurturing a baby or an elderly parent, it’s time for our society to recognize the value of your labor and for public and corporate policies to follow suit with everything from a paycheck to Social Security benefits. Anne Marie Slaughter makes this case too in her book, Unfinished Business. I couldn’t agree more.