A Marshall Plan for Moms
In December 2020, the US economy shed 140,000 net jobs. All were jobs held by women. Another 275,000 women left the workforce in January. The disproportionate impact of COVID on working women’s lives is striking — both for the sheer numbers of women involved and for the emotional stresses that compound the economic issues of not having a job. Work, for most women, is not just eight hours a day in an office, restaurant, or hotel. Work begins and ends each day at home, as women fulfill roles as mothers and/or caregivers. But there are solutions to alleviate these stresses. Several are addressed in a proposed “Marshall Plan for Moms”: affordable child care, paid family leave, pay equity. Supporting the economic lives of women is not a women’s rights issue — it has huge implications for the nation’s economic health, well-being, and growth. Featuring Reshma Saujani and Betsey Stevenson in conversation with Peggy Collins.