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By the time The Babysitters Club hit bookshelves, amateur childcare already had a buckwild history. Cristen and Caroline chart the invention, gender panic and economic boom of the babysitting industry.

Episode Sources:

"In era of stalled wages, baby sitters surging ahead"

"Inside the trillion-dollar underground economy keeping many Americans (barely) afloat in desperate times"

"Few babysitting laws means you make the rules"

"Even in babysitting, men make more than women"

"Babysitting and the gender pay gap"

"Don't fear the male babysitter"

"The curse of the celebrity nanny"

"Babysitter: An American History (review)"

"Adventures in feministory: The history of the babysitter"

Academic Insights:

"Babysitter: An American History." Miriam Forman-Brunell. NYU Press. July 26, 2009.

"Truculent and Tractable: The Gendering of Babysitting in Postwar America." Miriam Forman-Brunell. Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth-Century American Girls' Cultures, Sherrie A. Inness, ed. NYU Press. Aug. 1, 1998.

"Imagined Bobby-Soxer Babysitters and the Uses of Girls' Work Culture." Miriam Forman-Brunell. The Girls' History and Culture Reader: The Twentieth Century. University of Illinois Press. 2011.

Topics in this Podcast: sexuality, gender, parenting, pop culture, women's work, stereotypes