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How Child Care Exacerbated U.S. ‘Female Recession’: QuickTake

Dec. 6, 2021, 6:00 PM

Around the globe, remote schooling and closed day-care centers during the pandemic forced parents to make painful tradeoffs between work and family. Women bore the brunt, abandoning the workforce in greater numbers than men, with little control over when they could return. In this, the pandemic greatly exacerbated child-care predicaments in many countries, including the U.S., where Covid-19’s economic fallout has been called the first “female recession.” Some governments are getting more involved in child care as a result, with U.S. President Joe Biden hoping to join their ranks.

1. What did the pandemic do?

It cost women at least ...

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