Many women in many dual-parent households have dropped out of the workforce during the pandemic to carry this domestic load, but most solo moms can’t do that. We have to keep the plates spinning as best we can. I wonder about all the other pandemic lock-in kids living in single-mother households—roughly one quarter of the U.S. population.
The third Thursday of each November is set aside as National Rural Health Day, an acknowledgement of the contribution rural communities and workers among these communities make to society and their pressing health needs.
We honor the millions of workers that keep America running the best way we can—continuing the drum beat for paid leave for all. No one should have to choose between their jobs and being there for those they love.
Pat Nixon was the first first lady to wear pants in public. Hillary Clinton was the first first lady to be elected to a public office. And now, Jill Biden is projected to become the first first lady to keep her full-time job outside of the White House.
“Dr. Biden … will be leading a life that is much more like that of everyday American women: balancing their role in a family with a professional life,” Jellison said.
The pandemic is undoing decades of progress, reinforcing a breadwinner/homemaker division of labor for all too many women. When rising divorce rates get added to the mix, history teaches us the combination can be volatile.
In Susanne Althoff’s upcoming book, “Launching While Female: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back,” she investigates the gender gap in the business world.
Through interviews with women and nonbinary entrepreneurs, more than half of them BIPOC, “Launching While Female” explores how everything from better funding opportunities to access to mentors and eliminating the use of microaggressions will help their companies grow.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order authorizing leave for city employees to serve as poll workers for the November election and runoff election. The executive order comes amidst growing concern regarding the safety of in-person voting, especially as people over age 60—who are at highest risk for complications from COVID-19—have historically constituted the majority of volunteers.
It’s still the case that too many women of color are fired or
forced out when they request a modest workplace accommodation to protect their health. Longer term, pregnancy discrimination pushes women deeper into poverty, jeopardizing the health and economic well-being of our families.
Last month, the House passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. Now, we must call on the Senate to take up this bill without delay.
Women’s labor force participation rate has dropped during the pandemic, driven both by disproportionate layoffs and quits. Many women are foregoing career advancement opportunities because there are no childcare options.
We have to start planning now to help women reenter the workforce and pickup their careers when the pandemic ends.
Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is Thursday, October 1. This marks the day an average Native American woman must work into the new year to finally make what a white, non-Hispanic man made at the end of the previous year.
There are some worrisome trends in play when it comes to the representation of women, and particularly women of color, among the newest class of corporate America.
And these disturbing trends pose more than an abstract threat to the moral rectitude of advancing the equality of the sexes: A lack of gender and racial diversity at the top tier has demonstrable negative impacts on a company’s bottom line and ability to innovate.