The Pandemic Is Forcing Women Out of the Workforce.

There’s a Way to Fix That… Opening more schools would be a good start. We also need to give parents control over the tax dollars that are spent on their kids’ education.

The pandemic is exposing barriers to equal opportunity that remain in American life. Access to affordable and high-quality childcare and schooling options is near the top of the list.

Considerable coverage has been devoted to the effect on the pandemic on children, particularly those from low-income families being left behind by virtual schooling. But we have a statistic that illustrates the problem from another point of view: American women are leaving the labor market much more frequently than men during the pandemic. The Department of Labor’s September jobs report showed that the number of American women older than 20 in the labor force dropped by 956,000 since August, compared with a decline of 307,000 among men. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the workforce participation rate among American women in 2020 has fallen to levels not seen since the 1980s. >Read More

“Nearly 4,500 childcare centers have closed in D.C, Maryland, and Virginia, many permanently.”

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