Last week, our friends at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a new report that provides a timely snapshot of the continuing, multi-faceted impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and mothers. While men have returned to the workforce at pre-pandemic levels, the report finds 1.1 million fewer women are in the labor force today than in February 2020. NWLC also draws on new, national survey data to detail the disproportionate mental, economic, and health burdens on women — particularly among Black women, Latinas, and other women of color, who as a result of the pandemic, are more likely to be managing caregiving responsibilities, navigating loss of household income, dealing with food insecurity, and battling mental health struggles.
To address this uneven toll, the NWLC has put forth policy suggestions for a women-centered recovery. You can read more about the report and its findings here.
If, like us, you are compelled by these findings to help improve the issues it brings to light, we encourage you to visit our action page. There, you’ll find ideas for meaningful ways to show up for women in your own communities and around the world.