Annis May Timpson demonstrates how Canadian women's calls for family-friendly employment policies have translated into inaction or inappropriate action on the part of successive federal governments. She focuses on debates, public inquiries, and policy evolution during the Trudeau, Mulroney, and Chretien eras, contextualizing these developments with a discussion of the changing patterns of women's employment since the Second World War. Drawing on a wealth of interviews and close analysis of primary documents, Driven Apart explains why federal governments have been able to implement employment equity policies but have failed to develop a national system of child care.
Driven Apart was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE and was awarded The Pierre Savard Prize by the International Council for Canadian Studies.
Annis May Timpson is the Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Tables Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations 1. The Double-Edged Nature of Women's Employment Inequality 2. Citizenship, Motherhood, and Employment in the Wartime and Welfare States 3. The Royal Commission on the Status of Women 4. A Just Society? The Trudeau Government's Response to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women 5. Redefining the Issues: Systemic Discrimination and National Child Care Policies in Trudeau's Final Term 6. The Royal Commission on Equality in Employment 7. Breaking the Links: The Mulroney Government's Response to the Royal Commission on Equality in Employment 8. Tiny Timid Steps: Employment Equity and Child Care in Mulroney's Second Term 9. Creating Opportunity? The Chretien Government's Approach to Employment Equity and Child Care 10. Linked Together, Yet Driven Apart Appendices A. Research Interviews B. Turning Points in Canadian Policy Development on Women's Employment Equality and Child Care Notes Bibliography Index