Sunjoo Pugh, Courtni

Courtni Sunjoo Pugh is special assistant to the executive director for the SEIU Local 99.

Stand With Working Women

By Courtni Sunjoo Pugh

Several of the state's largest newspapers have spoken, and their verdict is in: the hard-working women who care for California's kids are no more than "babysitters." At least that's what a spate of editorials have claimed in recent days as they dismiss the idea that child care providers do difficult, important work.

These editorial writers have actually sat and listened to women explain how their day starts at 5:30 in the morning and lasts until 10:00 at night and heard them describe the thought, care, and hard work that goes into caring for and laying good educational and social foundations for up to 14 children a day.

They listened -- and promptly dismissed the fact that they play a crucial role in our economy, making hundreds of thousands of jobs possible by giving parents the ability to be at work.