What Can I Do as a Caregiver?

You are engaged in the most important human work—caregiving.

However, your caregiving work has historically been devalued—as “soft” or “feminine”—just “women’s work.” At the same time, conquest, domination, and violence has been associated with men and “real masculinity.”

This gendered system of values is our legacy from more rigid domination times. It maintained women, who were supposed to do this work for free in male-controlled households, in subordinate and dependent roles. Even when this work was remunerated, it has been woefully underpaid.

This gendered system of values has also blinded us to the enormous economic value of care work. To have a healthy and prosperous society, we must change the devaluation of caregiving.

Join the Partnerism Movement to take action for an economy that values and rewards caring for one another, nature, and our collective future.

Learn more about the Social Wealth Index, a CPS initiative to develop economic metrics that make visible the true value of care.


Join us in making the case for valuing care to policy-makers, business leaders, and the media.

Capitalism and Care—Can They be Partners?
Women’s Empowerment Sparks Economic Success  
The New Social Wealth Index: Investing in the Care of People and Planet