Funding and Support for Childcare

Adopted at 1974 Annual Conference

WHEREAS, care of children is a responsibility which must be assumed by the entire society into which children are born; and

WHEREAS, when American women who have young children are employed at salaried jobs outside of the home, child care arrangements must be customarily provided for these children; and

WHEREAS, women, in this society, by reason of discriminatory low salaries, non-promotion, underutilization, and manifold other violations of the principles of equal opportunity in affirmative action, are least able to provide adequate child care arrangements; and

WHEREAS, women constitute 82% of employed librarians and even higher proportions of employed non-professionals in the library field; and

WHEREAS, many of these women have young children,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED; that the American Library Association, as a step toward correction of the disproportionate burden of child care provisions borne by women, direct its Washington Office to work towards the governmental funding and establishment of child care centers,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Library Association supports the implementation of affirmative action mandates, by recommending that individual libraries provide child care services to parents in their employ.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 32, p. 9