This never would have happened if Angela Ahrendts were CEO.
From The Outline: The Fortune 100 companies that offer on-site day care to employees:
16: Fannie Mae
19: Walgreens Boots Alliance
28: Home Depot
32: Valero Energy
34: Procter & Gamble
39: Johnson & Johnson
50: Prudential Financial
54: Cisco Systems
74: Goldman Sachs Group
96: Twenty-First Century Fox
99: Time Warner
The lack of a childcare center in Apple’s new campus, first reported by Steven Levy in Wired (Inside Apple’s insanely great [or just insane] new mothership), has been remarked on several times since. For example, here, here , here, here, here, here, and, most recently, in Wednesday’s New York Times:
From Russ Douthat’s Google’s War Over the Sexes:
Since the usual way to reintegrate the sexes is to have them marry one another and raise kids, what Silicon Valley probably needs right now more than either workplace anti-microaggression training or an alt-right underground is a basic friendliness to family, pregnancy and child rearing.
This is why the new Apple headquarters, which has a 100,000-square-foot fitness and wellness center but no child care center, is a more telling indicator of what really matters to Silicon Valley than all the professions of gender-egalitarianism.
Come on, Apple. This is an easy fix. As friend of the blog Bill May writes:
This is a completely tone deaf and insensitive BLUNDER by the leadership of Apple. It really says they want some people to have their own gym so they can pursue selfish personal ends but not a day care so they can pursue selfless personal ends. Children are not a personal choice, they are ESSENTIAL for our future. Frankly, in terms of public policy, our country treats children as an afterthought.