“115% of mothers with young children left their jobs in 2020 because of childcare responsibilities,” said Randi Weingarten.
U.S. GDP could jump over $210 billion if mothers were given financial childcare assistance.
It’s the well-known truth that covid-19 has effected all the humans in a negative way, one way or another but it’s been the hardest on the female spectrum of the chart.
As the COVID-19 pandemic deepened economic and social stress coupled with restricted movement and social isolation measures, gender-based violence has been increasing exponentially.
Many women are being forced to ‘lockdown’ at home with their abusers at the same time that services to support survivors are being disrupted or made inaccessible.
Unpaid care work has increased, with children out-of-school, heightened care needs of older persons and overwhelmed health services.
After all this, having a responsibility of having a child and taking care of it is a tough job.
“Over 100 percent of mothers with young children left their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic to handle childcare responsibilities at home.” The president for the American Federation of Teachers took to Twitter Friday evening to announce.
And as reported by Mother Jones Friday “The sharp increase in the number of women who left their careers could mean female economic equality has been set back by an entire generation”.
But President Biden’s latest spending bill, the American Jobs Plan also directs funding to address women’s inequality in the workplace. Even after all this the White House attempts to push initiatives to help women get back into the workforce.
Teacher unions across the nation have used the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to vie for increased benefits and financial gains for their members.
So, the conclusion is that the cost of childcare has grown twice as fast as the nation’s overall inflation since the 1990’s, resulting in roughly a 13 percent decline in employment amongst mothers with young children. If Biden is able to get childcare assistance passed through the politically divided Senate, the U.S. could potentially see over a $210 billion GDP growth.