Child-care is expensive; American families with mothers make average monthly child-care payments of an estimated 6.9% of their average monthly family income. But this percentage can vary considerably depending on the geographic location of the family and the type of child-care. A third-wave feminist legal agenda would include child-care issues, given the interest of self-proclaimed third-wave feminists in “mak[ing] the workplace responsive to an individual’s wants, needs, and talents.” Based on third-wave theory as it currently exists, however, it is not clear what direction third-wave feminists would take. They might advocate for subsidies or support from either employers or the government. If efforts focus on governmental involvement, that may be in the form of government-run child-care centers, government-subsidized child-care centers or tax-benefits. Ultimately, the success of any third-wave advocacy for private or public support for child-care depends on how the issue is framed. A sex-equality argument may be the most powerful, and full discussion and development of such a theory would be a worthwhile avenue of inquiry for future third-wave feminist scholarship.
Citations below for the inquiring mind.
 See Julia Overturf Johnson, Who’s Minding the Kids? Childcare Arrangements: Winter 2002, Table 6: Weekly Child Care Payments of Families With Mothers Present and Children Under 15 Years by Selected Characteristics: 1984 to 2002, available at http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/p70-101.pdf.