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Holding Up Half the Sky: Mothers as Workers, Primary Caregivers, & Breadwinners During COVID-19

In the United States, women now make up more than 50 percent of the workforce, reflecting growth in health care, education, and service sectors over the last decade. The decline of the wages and real earnings of all workers over time coupled with the rise in cost of living expenses, such as housing, means that the income and earnings of women are critical to the overall economic security and wellbeing of families. COVID-19 and its impact has exposed the fragility of the U.S. economy and the healthcare system. It has also highlighted the vulnerability of many working families, [...]

June 23rd, 2020|

STUDENT PARENTS IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Heightened Need & the Imperative for Strengthened Support

Nearly four million undergraduates, or more than one in five college students, are parents of children under 18. These student parents face—in normal times— disproportionate economic insecurity, difficulty meeting basic needs, and significant time and caregiving demands. Yet, in spite of these challenges, they are also incredibly resilient. Motivated to build a better life for themselves and their children through higher education, student parents excel academically, demonstrate exceptional time management, and are committed parents and caregivers. Student parents are now coping with the closing of colleges and universities, rapid relocation from oncampus housing, transitions to remote instruction, potential [...]

June 23rd, 2020|

As Unemployment Drops, Gains Made by Women in the Workforce Remain Threatened by Historic Job Losses and Lack of Childcare

In January, women made a little more than 50 percent of workers on payroll. Today, they make up just 49.2 percent due to tremendous job loss since March in sectors dominated by women. Women dominated sectors lost nearly half of their workers due to COVID-19 and its impact. Women of color remain disproportionately impacted. Washington, DC — Unemployment data released June 5, 2020 show slight decline in unemployment for both women and men as the pandemic continues to cripple key sectors. Employment in heavily impacted sectors—education, hospitality and leisure, and retail—added just over 2.2 million jobs. Since February, however, [...]

June 23rd, 2020|

Statement from IWPR Staff on the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery

We mourn and condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who have lost their lives to police violence and racial hatred. We send our heartfelt condolences to their families and the communities that have been impacted by the loss of their loved ones, and commit to working alongside them until there is justice. The terror, racism, and differential treatment visited upon Blacks in the U.S. on a near daily basis at the hands of multiple systems—law enforcement, education, healthcare, and criminal legal system—are woven into the fabric of American society and culture. [...]

June 23rd, 2020|