The parent of a child with a disability. The son or daughter of an aging parent. The partner of someone fighting a chronic illness. Many of us know someone – a caregiver – who matches these descriptions. Their lives are full of tender moments—and long, unforgiving hours giving back to the ones they love. As the backbones of their families, communities, and the economy, caregivers give vital support to people who rely on them. But they don’t always get the support they need from businesses, employers, policymakers, or society.
America’s caregivers need more support.
We recently commissioned a nationwide survey on the state of America’s caregivers. They told us they need more time, more resources, and accessible, affordable care solutions. Among the key findings, we learned:
Melinda French Gates, founder of Pivotal Ventures, has been advocating for better solutions for unpaid caregivers for years, including calling on business and political leaders to step up with policies and programs that meet families’ needs. Because women bear a vastly disproportionate burden when it comes to caregiving, the status quo is a barrier to women’s power and influence in the U.S. Our goal is high quality, affordable care for all American families and a more equitable distribution of caregiving responsibilities for men and women in their homes.
“Taking care of loved ones is a beautiful part of being human,” Melinda said. “But in the U.S., it also requires unnecessarily painful sacrifices on the part of more than 50 million caregivers. Entrepreneurs, employers, and governments all have a role to play in building a system that makes it easier for people to do right by their families while also tending to their own needs.”
It’s time to Move Care Forward.
As economic pressures mount on U.S. families, it’s time for a broad coalition of leaders and organizations to bring our caregiving system into the 21st century. There are many paths to get there, and together with our partners, we are focusing on three:
For caregivers, we invite you to:
To learn more, visit PivotalVentures.org/MoveCareForward. While you’re there, explore stories of real caregivers, produced in partnership with Women Photograph, a non-profit working to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists worldwide.
Together, we have an opportunity to fix the system. We can’t afford to waste it.