Over the course of the pandemic, more than 3 million American women have been forced to leave the workforce.
Over the course of the pandemic, more than 3 million American women, who are both disproportionately women of color and overrepresented in the education, child care, service, and healthcare industries, have been forced to leave the workforce.
When the world as we knew it shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation was forced to look critically at how our societal infrastructure, or lack thereof, has failed women in our roles as both workers and caregivers. Researchers estimate that the lack of family-friendly policies that are available in other high-wealth nations accounts for nearly one-third of the decrease in women’s labor force participation rates in the United States. As one sociologist put it: “Other countries have social safety nets. The U.S. has women.”
The fourth Majority Rule recognizes that no woman should have to choose between the family that they love and the paycheck that they need. When our families are supported, society benefits from women’s talent, labor, and skills.
States can support caregivers, for example by:
- Investing in public programs like child care assistance and universal pre-kindergarten.
- Providing direct cash transfers to low- and middle-income families through Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and Child Tax Credits (CTC).
- Establishing paid family and medical leave and paid sick and safe leave programs.
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