Anne-Marie Slaughter published an essay in the September 20 New York Times's Sunday Review section with the title "A Toxic Work World." In the essay, Slaughter looks at the issues around child child care and caregiving in general in the U.S. workplace. She also makes recommendations to tackle the problems, which, she argues, are leading the economy to "hemorrage talent and hollow out our society." She writes,
To support care just as we support competition, we will need some combination of the following: high-quality and affordable child care and elder care; paid family and medical leave for women and men; a right to request part-time or flexible work; investment in early education comparable to our investment in elementary and secondary education; comprehensive job protection for pregnant workers; higher wages and training for paid caregivers; community support structures to allow elders to live at home longer; and reform of elementary and secondary school schedules to meet the needs of a digital rather than an agricultural economy.