Biden Economic Advisor Cecelia Rouse: Throughout History, We've Had "Shadow Infrastructure Provided By Women" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Biden Economic Advisor Cecelia Rouse: Throughout History, We've Had "Shadow Infrastructure Provided By Women"

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MSNBC: Cecilia Rouse, chair of the Biden White House Council of Economic Advisers, talks with Rachel Maddow about the goals of President Biden's infrastructure plan, Republican intransigence, and how to get corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.


ROUSE: Well, look, I like to think of care as, for centuries, when women were providing most of the care in the home, and the man, this is traditional, stereotypical, was working outside of the home. There was kind of shadow infrastructure provided by the woman. She was taking care of the children, she was taking care of their elders.

Now, women -- many woman would like to work outside of the home. Somebody needs to take care of the children, needs to take care of the elders. When we think about our population in particular over the next, what, ten years, a growing proportion will be reaching retirement age. In the next decade, the fraction of the population over the age of 85 will increase by a third. And we need to be taking care of our elders.

So, A, someone needs to be taking care of them for women to be able to work, disproportionately women. But, B, we`re actually proposing to be -- that there are jobs that will be created someone needs to take care of them of, you know, people deserve to be taken care of with dignity in their elder years.

So, it`s part of the infrastructure because we need these kinds of jobs, this kind of care to enable disproportionately women to actually go to work. Just like I need the road outside of my house in order to get my jobs. I need to know that electricity is going to turn on in order to do my job. I need increasingly broadband in order to do my job, or, by the way, for kids to go to school.

So, all of these are infrastructure to help us do the kinds of economic activity that we need to do to ensure that our economy is healthy and moving forward.
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