Women continue to face obstacles returning to employment, due to care responsibilities and a loss of public education jobs during the pandemic. These obstacles will require public investment and government action that centers women’s experiences and needs.
The campaign “The Humans Who Feed Us” by Justice for Migrant Women (J4MW) aims to humanize the immigrant workers who bring the food to our tables. J4MW shares profiles of workers who migrated with everyone who eats—from well-known restaurant to college cafeterias.
Too often, policies that are perceived to be “feminine” or unequally benefiting women are dismissed in favor of more “serious” policies. The two infrastructure bills working their way through Congress are no exception.
In reality, policies like the child tax credit, paid family leave and guaranteed income result in better outcomes for everyone.
The BE HEARD in the Workplace Act was reintroduced in Congress on Wednesday. The act expands current protections, eliminates the tipped minimum wage, and stops mandatory arbitration.
Being able to decide if, when and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child has allowed me to have a family on my timeline and a fulfilling career.
Unfortunately, the ability to access contraception is largely dependent on an individual’s zip code, insurance status and income level. Even in the face of these challenges, I am hopeful that we can continue to move in the right direction with policies and practices that center the reproductive health and well-being of all people.
The Build Back Better Act represents an opportunity to begin to address the deep inequities and injustices the patriarchy places on women, particularly women of color. If our lawmakers really care about us, they will pass it.
The first major drop off of women from the workforce after the onset of the pandemic came in September 2020, when the new school year started and many kids returned to class online. About 863,000 women dropped out of work then. The next largest drop off happened in September 2021—again at the start of a new school year—when 309,000 women left the workforce.
Neither of those events was coincidental: Moms with children under the age of 12 spent the equivalent of a second full-time job caring for kids while simultaneously working their usual jobs during the pandemic.
The goal of the Build Back Better framework is to solve the challenges that families are facing and to build a stronger future that gives them more opportunity to thrive and leaves them less vulnerable to emergencies. To truly do that, we need to create a universal paid family and medical leave program.
Build Back Better’s provisions to lower childcare costs, improve the quality of early education and increase wages will provide immediate relief to families hit hardest by the pandemic.
The more than 1 million moms still out of the workforce will begin to return to work, and others will be able to increase their hours and earnings.
Young people’s continued struggle is an indictment of our “recovery.” A year ago, we knew that the COVID-19 pandemic was taking a particularly brutal toll on youth and young adults. One year later, the portrait remains virtually unchanged.
But there is still an opportunity to change course and make investments that prioritize young people.