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Public Thinking About Care Work: Encouraging Trends, Critical Challenges

Has the salience of care and the respect for frontline workers seen during the pandemic stayed high or dwindled? What we find is both encouraging and a call to action.
April 11, 2023

In this report, we explore public mindsets on care work in the second year of the Culture Change Project, focusing on data collected between September 2021 and October 2022. We also explore the salience of care work over this period, in comparison to the previous year, and have mined our data to address some of the other key questions identified in the previous report, Public Thinking About Care Work in a Time of Social Upheaval: Findings from Year One of the Culture Change Project. In particular, we look at how people situate care work within the economy, how broader thinking about the economy might limit or facilitate recognition of the need for systemic change in the care sectors, and how thinking about care work is connected to an understanding of structural racism.