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The coronavirus pandemic has unequivocally highlighted the vital role women play in our economy and in the economic stability of families. Women have been on the front lines of the pandemic at work and at home, disproportionately affected by job losses and inadequate supports for care that have resulted in 4.2 million fewer women in the workforce and nearly 1.8 million fewer women in the workforce in May 2021 compared to before the pandemic. Women of color continue to have higher unemployment rates than their white counterparts, and the overall female labor force participation rate of 57.4% is the lowest since 1988. These effects are the result of political failures of long-standing, from the lack of a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program to the huge gaps in access to affordable, high-quality child care, exacerbated by the crisis in childcare delivery. pandemic. They are also a stark reminder of how often the work done by women, especially the care work frequently done by women of color, is ignored and devalued despite its vital role in supporting families and the economy. in general.
A solid recovery will require more than a return to the pre-pandemic status quo, where caregiving challenges and work-family conflict were largely left to women to navigate on their own. The current debate on investing in infrastructure and growing the economy must include an intentional focus on the actions needed to ensure that all women can participate fully in the economy and provide vital support to their families.
Please join us on Tuesday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. for an important conversation with leading economists and experts on the current situation of women in the economy, the lessons learned from the pandemic and what it means to focus on women. in the conversation about the critical investments needed to propel a strong economic recovery.
We would love to hear your questions. Please submit all questions for our distinguished panel via email to [email protected] or on Twitter using #EconomicsOfCare. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.
Dr Lisa Cook, professor of economics and international relations, Michigan State University
Ai-jen Poo, Co-Founder and Executive Director, National Alliance of Domestic Workers
Dr Heidi Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy, Economic Policy Institute
Dr Aaron Sojourner, professor of economics and labor economist at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Jocelyn frye, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress