The Biden–Harris administration’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan taken together would lay the foundation for building comprehensive child care and early learning, creating greater access to home- and community-based services with a well paid workforce, and paid family and medical leave for everyone that would bolster women’s workforce participation, support healthy child development and learning, ensure people with disabilities can live independently, support aging with dignity, and ensure a flourishing economic future for everyone.
Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.
This week: the potential transformational impact of Melinda French Gates’s Pivotal Ventures and other women investors; why being a parent in the U.S. is harder than in other rich countries; how to increase women’s political power in advance of next year’s midterms; the youngest woman (!!!) to qualify for the Olympics in the triathlon; and more.
If we do not build out our care infrastructure and open up physical infrastructure jobs to women, we will exclude half of our work force from the opportunities that will shape our economic future, potentially exacerbating and permanently extending the “she-cession” of 2020.
Over the last year, our country has lost almost 550,000 people to COVID-19. America lost countless citizens to racism and experienced one of the largest spikes in hate crimes.
We changed the way we loved, shopped, worked and lived. But the expectations for mothers did not change.
There are approximately 6 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year, and more than a million of those end in loss. A million. Every year.
Despite this unfortunate prevalence, there is no support infrastructure in place for people going through pregnancy loss. I realized this when I went through it myself.
Decades of underinvestment has exposed the fragility of the market-based child care industry—and the pandemic may have dealt the final blow. To solve our country’s child care crisis, we need an expansive approach that fundamentally shifts the narrative about child care from a privilege for few to a public good for all.
What this pandemic has shown us is that our nation treats its mothers as its social safety net, and it has set us back decades in our fight for equality.
In this week’s edition, we take a look at the American Rescue Plan Act to what it has in store for those suffering through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; mark one year since the pandemic officially began; discuss President Biden’s latest vaccine timeline; and, run down recent attacks on reproductive health.
As we reflect on the past year, let us be reminded that the opportunity for advancing an intersectional feminist agenda is now.
You shouldn’t have to live in a particular place or take up a certain vocation or work for the right employer just to access something as necessary as paid leave. And under no circumstances should it ever come down to a person’s race or background.
We need a national guarantee for paid leave that covers all workers, no matter what.
There are very real, concrete steps we can take to put the United States on the path to an anti-racist, equitable health care system where birthing people of all races and ethnicities have what they need for healthy, happy pregnancies and births.