We knew moms had it rough when schools were closed as a result of the pandemic, but a new report reveals just how bad it was for women around the world. According to an analysis fromCenter for Global Development, a nonprofit that works to reduce global poverty, working-age women put in an average of 173 hours of extra unpaid child care through October of last year. And that’s almost three times what working-age men put in.
“We knew there was a gap, but the immense inequality on who is providing unpaid care is staggering,” explainsCharles Kenny,a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. “Unpaid care burdens continue to pile up for women, and every hour women provide childcare for free is an hour that they can’t build their own businesses, work in formal jobs, and secure their economic futures.”
The report finds the closure of schools and preschools around the world during the pandemic created the need for 672 billion hours of additional unpaid child care, which is equal to about a million lifetimes. That left many families, especially the sisters, aunts, and moms, trying to juggle work and caring for kids at the same time and many women had to leave their jobs as a result. In the U.S. alone, more than 2-million women left the workforce in 2020, according to theNational Women's Law Center,a policy-focused organization that fights for gender justice.
Source:Good Morning America