Crisis Conversations: Setting Working Moms Back a Generation?

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Nov. 13, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is completely upending the way we work, live, connect with one another and what we expect from our government, communities and each other. It’s all happening so fast that stress levels and anxiety are sky high. That’s why the Better Life Lab is hosting a weekly interactive conversation for people to come together, share stories and begin to make sense of what’s unfolding and what it could mean for the future of gender equity, health, how we work and how we live.

Crisis Conversations–Live from Better Life Lab is hosted by Brigid Schulte and produced by David Schulman.

Is the pandemic is setting women back a generation? Without reliable childcare and schools, an unprecedented number of working mothers have been forced to reduce their hours. Or have had to leave the workforce entirely. As Elizabeth Gedmark, vice president of A Better Balance said recently: “It’s not a question of whether women are set back in the workplace. It’s a question of how far back we will go: 10 years, 15 years, 20 years?”

What needs to change NOW to staunch the hemorrhaging and help women and their families achieve economic stability? And how can we design systems to ensure equity in the future?

To take on these questions, Better Life Lab's Brigid Schulte is joined by:

  • Bryce Covert, Journalist
  • Jessica Calarco, Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University
  • Kari McCracken, Mother of five who was recently pushed out of the workforce and a career she loved because of a lack of childcare

To hear more of this episode including stories and questions from callers, click here. You can also find this episode wherever you listen to your podcasts. The video and transcript of the conversation are down below.

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Redesigning Work Family-Supportive Social Policy Gender Equity