The labor involved in providing care for dependents garnered media attention during the spring of 2020. In this first-person narrative, the author situates the dissolution of her childcare plans against the backdrop of a broader public devaluation of care industries and her private anxieties about the personal and professional costs of securing or providing care. Given its personal and public dimensions, childcare constitutes a focal point for the author's interrogations of her beliefs about power and control.



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