Lessons from the Baby Boon: "Family-friendly" policies and the ethics of justice and care

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Abstract

Over the past three decades, feminist activists have promoted a wide range of "family-friendly" policies in workplaces and in the public sector. In The Baby Boon, Elinor Burkett appeals to feminist principles to challenge these efforts. I argue that the debate can be explained through an examination of the ethical stances underlying the differing claims, concluding that to create workplaces and public policies that are both fair and humane, we must bring justice and care into dialogue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-137
Number of pages19
JournalWomen's Studies in Communication
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Childfree
  • Childless
  • Ethic of care
  • Ethic of justice
  • Family-friendly
  • Work-life

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