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Employment Guarantee, Women's Work and Childcare

A social audit in Tamil Nadu finds that the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has brought about major changes in the lives of women. However, the act overlooks the fact that childcare is a problem for many of the working women, especially for young mothers.

Thanks are due to the postgraduate students and faculty of the economics department, Stella Maris College, Chennai, for helping conduct the survey which is the basis for this article. I also thank without implicating Kiran Bhatty, Jean Drze, Reetika Khera and Vivek Srinivasan for their valuable comments and suggestions.

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