Parenting/Care/Work

FROM THE HEADLINES

Melinda Gates: This Pandemic Has Exposed Our Nation’s Broken Caregiving System December 2, 2020 (Melinda Gates – The Washington Post)
The coronavirus has laid bare what was painfully clear to many families already: The caregiving system in the United States is broken, and it is women who are paying the price.

Working Moms Bear Brunt of Home Schooling While Working During COVID-19 October 30, 2020 (Misty L. Heggeness and Jason M. Fields – Census.gov)
School closures and stay-at-home orders particularly affected working moms but had no immediate impact on fathers’ leave or leave of women without school-age children, according to the new study.

Building Back the Care October 21, 2020 (William E. Spriggs – American Prospect)
This intersection, in all economies, leaves workers who provide these most intimate of personal care services—to nurse the young, cook and clean for adults, and care for the elderly—outside the bounds of work regulations and social protections.

COVID-19’s Impact on Women’s Mental Health Is on the Rise, CAMH Study Says October 14, 2020 (By Nadine Yousif  – The Star)
Results from late September survey show women are experiencing higher rates of moderate to severe anxiety than men

Lawmakers Should Pass Stimulus Package for Child Care Providers October 13, 2020 (William Tickle – The Advocate)
As a Save the Children Action Network advocate and a parent, I am frustrated with our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly when it comes to child care. While the media is finally highlighting the child care industry’s plight and policymakers are taking note of its importance, Congress has yet to pass a stimulus package with sufficient funding.

Stubborn and Worrying Job Loss In October: School Employment Down 7% October 2, 2020 (Teresa Ghilarducci – Forbes)
Due to COVID-19 restriction on this year’s election and schools, we need functioning post offices and schools now more than ever. But sadly, education jobs are DOWN from last year by over 571,000, with local education down by 7% — just when parents and teachers need more help in remote learning.

What Working Parents Need from the 2020 Election September 30, 2020 (Michal Lev-Ram – Fortune)
It was an imperfect moment, which is precisely why it captured the current state of parenting so perfectly. In a purple shirt and gray mask that kept sliding down her face, California assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) implored her colleagues to vote yes on a bill that aimed to expand affordable housing in the state—while simultaneously trying to soothe her newborn daughter.

What Do Voters Want on Child Care Ahead of the 2020 Elections? September 25, 2020 (by John Halpin, Karl Agne, and Nisha Jain – American Progress)
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of many Americans—particularly the rhythms and stability of people and families with children. With many parents now working from home, or seeking to juggle hybrid and in-person work with other family needs, the situation for those in need of child care or other reliable early education options for their children is increasingly difficult and trying.

Assistance Needed for Childcare Providers on Brink of Permanently Closing Businesses September 25, 2020 (by Alicia Nieves – ABC 25)
Millions of people who are working or those hoping to return to work soon are depending on childcare. However, the industry is ringing the alarm, warning that most childcare providers are on the brink of closing permanently.

We Opted Out of In-School Instruction. It’s a Total Disaster. September 24, 2020 (Slate Care and Feeding)
Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. In addition to our traditional advice, every Thursday we feature an assortment of teachers from across the country answering your education questions.

For Home Care Workers, COVID-19 Is a Health Crisis — and an Economic One September 1, 2020 (by Shefali Luthra  – The 19th*)
The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the home care workforce, which is almost entirely women, and majority Black or Latina. Already, workers earned low wages and were far less likely to have health benefits.

1 In 5 Child Care Jobs Were Lost Since Pandemic Started. Women Are Affected Most August 19, 2020 (by David Welna  – NPR)
Women account for 95% of the child care workforce, so they have felt the impact of those lost jobs especially hard, according to the report from the National Women’s Law Center.

Nursing Home and Care Workers Officially the Most Dangerous Job in the U.S. August 3, 2020 (by Oliver C. Haug  – Ms. Magazine)
Nursing home workers are now considered to have the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.—as shown by their fatality rates.

How the Pandemic Could Force a Generation of Mothers Out of the Workforce July 27, 2020 (by Neil Paine and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux – FiveThirtyEight)
The collapse of the child care and public education infrastructure that so many parents rely on could push some women out of the labor force entirely.

How Caregiving Became More Than Just a Women’s Issue July 23, 2020 (by Claire Cain Miller – The New York Times)
The U.S. has long overlooked the challenges for people with both jobs outside the home and the responsibility of looking after others. Could that be about to change?

11-Year-Old Supports Single Mothers During Pandemic with His Lemonade Stand July 18, 2020 (by Kiely Westhoff – CNN)
Cartier Carey is proving no one is too young to make a difference. The 11-year-old is working hard to provide relief for single mothers one cup of lemonade at a time.

States Are Reopening. Schools Aren’t. Does Anyone See the Problem Here? July 15, 2020 (by Michelle Ruiz – Vogue)
Sending kids back to school full-time will not be an option for many parents this fall. But emergency paid leave should be.

Study Shows Moms with Young Children Have Reduced Their Work Hours More than Dads During the Pandemic July 15, 2020 (by Korin Miller – Yahoo!Life)
Yahoo Life’s Korin Miller explores how working parents are affected by the coronavirus crisis and offers expert input on how families address this issue.

This Isn’t Sustainable for Working Parents July 9, 2020 (by Joe Pinsker – The Atlantic)
The pandemic has already taken a toll on the careers of those with young children—particularly mothers.

Coronavirus Is Killing the Working Mother July 3, 2020 (by EJ Dickson – Rolling Stone)
It was hard enough to “have it all” before — but the pandemic could force out a generation of moms out of the workforce.

Will Breastfeeding on Zoom Break the Work-Life Barrier Once and for All? June 29, 2020 (by Chloe Schama – Vogue)
Like the breastfeeding selfie, the breastfeeding Zoom call could normalize the act and just maybe make it a bit easier for working mothers.

You May Have Access to Paid Sick Leave and Not Even Know It June 24, 2020 (by Lakshmi Gandhi – Supermajority)
The coronavirus relief package, which few workers know they are eligible for, includes provisions for some hourly workers to take up to 80 hours of paid time off for COVID-19 related reasons including caregiving responsibilities and stay-at-home orders.

Fatherhood and the Pandemic: How Men Are Stepping Up with Child Care June 19, 2020 (by Elissa Strauss – CNN)
Fathers are doing more child care amid the pandemic. The shelter-in-place laws have led to dads doing more than ever around the house. Some experts believe this could be a watershed moment for gender equality in the home.

A Reckoning for Health Care Professionals: Should They Be Activists, Too? June 16, 2020 (by Ruth Hailu – STAT)
Amid the global pandemic and rallies over systemic racial injustice, health workers and health educators are grappling with momentous questions.

Parents and Child Care Providers Are Falling Apart. It Could Get Much Worse June 1, 2020 (by Jen Rose Smith – CNN)
In 2020, the UN Global Day of Parents arrives as many parents and child care providers are increasingly overstretched. Long before the pandemic, many child care providers already operated with thin margins and little buffer against a financial crisis.

‘I Had to Choose Being a Mother’: With No Child Care or Summer Camps, Women Are Being Edged Out of the Workforce May 22, 2020 (by Caroline Kitchener – The Lily)
When parents can’t do it all, women’s paid labor is often the first to go.

Forget Pancakes. Pay Mothers. May 8, 2020 (by Kim Brooks – The New York Times)
One lesson from the pandemic: Child care is work. And it should be compensated.

Sheryl Sandberg: The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Creating a ‘Double Double Shift’ for Women. Employers Must Help May 7, 2020 (by Sheryl Sandberg and Rachel Thomas – Fortune)
Sheryl Sandberg and LeanIn.org president Rachel Thomas argue that companies must do more to support women.

This Woman’s Work  April 29, 2020 (by  – Elle)
Seven female frontline workers from all over the country reveal how their jobs have been challenged—and their lives forever changed—during the pandemic.

Coronavirus Could Hurt Women the Most. Here’s How to Prevent a Patriarchal Pandemic. April 20, 2020 (by Soraya Chemaly – NBC News)
Because women do the bulk of unpaid domestic and care work, they are also particularly hard hit by public health crises and pandemics. And this one is no different.

Domestic Workers Take Care of Us. Now, It’s Time For Us to Take Care of Them. April 14, 2020 (by Ai-Jen Poo – TIME)
Ai-jen Poo on why we need to fight for the working people of America.

Alone Together? Valuing Feminized Work  April 6, 2020 (The Representation Project)
In the world’s time of need, more and more people have taken to the “feminized” practice of supporting one another. 

Women Shoulder Most of the Extra Work Because of COVID-19 April 4, 2020 (by Rachel Thomas – Thomson Reuters Foundation News)
In the spirit of solidarity this pandemic demands of us, we need to find ways to give women a break.

Do You Value Women’s Work Yet? March 31, 2020 (by – Huffington Post)
This Equal Pay Day, let’s reexamine how we think about labor. 

Home Work? Everyone Is Home Right Now, But Who’s Doing All the “Home” Work? March 26, 2020 (by Eve Rodsky – Harper’s BAZAAR)
COVID-19 shines a light on gender imbalance in housework and childcare.

COVID-19 Demands that We Pay Attention to Who Does the Care Work—and How We Support Them March 18, 2020 (Promundo)
We must pay attention to the brave care workers around the world—mostly women—and the need for men to embrace a culture of care.

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