About Us

Throughout the pandemic, our team of five has been exchanging commentaries and resources on both the impact of and responses to the pandemic. As long-time activists on social and economic issues, we are motivated to bring multiple voices together to propose to Canadian governments an integrated approach that places the care economy at the core of policy and budgets, in ways that promote equity.


Pat Armstrong is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at York University in Toronto. A feminist political economist, she has long worked with unions, professional organizations, and community groups to identify means to make care as good and as accessible as it can be for all.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is a feminist economist who is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University. Her research is based on economic policy and its implications for people. She continually works with community groups and trade unions to promote public policy to focus on people’s needs.

Laurell Ritchie is a retired National Representative with the Canadian Auto Workers/Unifor and a long-time organizer and activist with labour, feminist and social justice coalitions including the Good Jobs for All Coalition.     

Leah F. Vosko is a Professor of Politics and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work at York University who does community-based research on gender, migration, and work and a longstanding advocate for supporting the care economy in all its forms.

Armine Yalnizyan is a Canadian economist and writer, who was a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Currently, she is the Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers and a member of the federal government’s Task Force and Women in the Economy.

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