Well, you wanted equality. Only now are Women starting to realize that that comes at a personal cost to their health & well-being.
I personally would have thought that Women would be smarter then trying to copy the mistakes that Men have made.
Men have suffered for decades from heart disease, heart attack, stroke, depression, anxiety, loss of sleep, loss of sexual drive, loss of relationships, etc.
All these things were the result of a work career-driven lifestyle versus a balance between work & living. When Women demanded their place in the working society they should have been pushing more for a balanced life than a work yourself to death life.
It was the perfect opportunity to change our society for the better & instead we've got Men & Women now working 40-60+ hours a week just to make ends meet.
When I was growing up my Father supported a household of 2 Parents & 2 Children with a blue collar factory job. They owned their house, their car, & they had no outstanding debts.
It seems that our society, because both Parents are working now, the cost of living & inflation have gone up. It's impossible for 1 parent stay home with their kids. Instead of leading to better lifestyle & more comforts we find ourselves poorer than we were when 1 parent worked & the other stayed home with the Kids.
I'm not blaming Women for this, after all they just wanted to be treated as Equals. There is nothing wrong with that, & if you note I said one Parent staying at home not a specific Gender. We've definitely made some mistakes though.
Whether that's because Women have entered the workforce trying to be the same as Men or because our society shifted away from the need or a nuclear Family, there are too many factors involved to make a single conclusion.
We need to take a serious look at things when we're spending a chunk of our income just to send our Children to child care. Instead of focussing on a way for Women to stay home with their Children (or Men) we're begging for more money to pay for rising cost of childcare (that could be provided at home).
Perhaps we should be paying Women (or Men) to be Homemakers not supplementing child care facilities?
My one idea is...
Child care should be a deductible insurance benefit. So for example you know how you pay for eyeglasses insurance, or enhanced medical services, through your paycheque. Why not have child care, a set amount deducted, and the employer, employee and insurance company work with the government and guarantee your child has care. The only drawback would be this would lead to government managed child care and we already know how corrupt the government is regarding the indoctrination of your kids.
So, how about paying parents to stay home? Let's see how that works...
We currently pay out about $5,500 in CCB (or $2,000 or $3,600 or $9,000 or or or... there doesn't seem to be a clear answer out there) plus they want to add $3,600 for daycare (proposed not legislated), that's $9,100 tax free per child.
If you work 30 hours a week, at minimum wage, that's about $19,000.
Let's pay mothers (or a father if need be) $29,848 a year ($14.35x40x52) to stay home with their kids. In doing that we still charge the regular deductions (about 16%), and the CCB is cancelled, but the parent is basically saving thousands on going to outside work every day, finding babysitters or childcare, etc. They could even offer health care insurance that a large employer would, just in case.
The only condition is they can't work in a regular job, their job is the care of their child(ren), but when their kids get older (13-17) we could allow the parent to do volunteer only work outside the home that wouldn't affect their benefit.
The "system" would have to hire less child care workers, less insurance and transportation costs, less cost for daycare and after school care facilities, and even cutting back on the morning breakfast programs.
Yeah, it's too crazy an idea that focuses on raising better children and a stronger more family oriented society, it'll never work.