Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) is asking out how the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated financial disaster have disproportionately pushed girls out of the workforce.
About 22% — or over 1 in 5 — girls within the U.S. have left the labor pressure for the reason that begin of the pandemic, based on a report launched Tuesday by Porter’s workplace, citing an (*5*) from the Bipartisan Policy Center.
As the pandemic has led to digital education and the closure of day care facilities, girls have borne the brunt of kid care at house. A whopping 42% of women with kids under 2 years old reported leaving the workforce through the pandemic.
“Without action, the pandemic will likely erase decades of progress for working women, who are now being forced to shoulder the burden of childcare,” Porter wrote within the report, noting she is a single mom of three younger youngsters. “Working women have always had to make difficult choices to balance their careers and their families, but the pandemic has made these decisions nearly impossible.”
The report goes on to element how widespread job losses because of the coronavirus disaster have especially affected women of color, who’re disproportionately employed by lots of the hardest-hit companies — together with motels, eating places, retail and different jobs within the service business.
Porter’s report cites a Washington Post evaluation that discovered that white girls had recovered 61% of the roles they misplaced through the pandemic by September, whereas Black women had recovered only 34% of their misplaced jobs by then, based on Labor Department information.
Porter known as on Congress to take motion to help working girls and households, together with by funding extra paid depart and unemployment advantages to “replace lost wages.”
Congress has but to cross a brand new coronavirus aid invoice. Meanwhile, unemployment and paid depart advantages from the earlier coronavirus laws, handed within the spring, are set to run out on the finish of the month.
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