2.5 million women left the American workforce since the beginning of the pandemic, compared to 1.8 million men. The impacts of job loss and childcare loss ignited a national conversation about family leave policies, childcare and schooling, and gender disparities in the household. One fascinating aspect of this debate is growing bipartisan interest in some form of a Child Allowance payment to American families. Our Salon will focus on understanding how such a policy might impact American women. What is lost when women exit the workforce? What difficulties are faced by working American women who want to have children? Ought we to see homemaking and caregiving as a form of economic production?
- Read (or listen to!):
“The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew.” Jordan Kisner
- (Read from the middle of pg 3 to top of pg 6):
“Feminism, the Body, and the Machine,” Wendell Berry
- Read (and feel free to explore around the many links!)
“Stay-at-Home Parents Work Hard. Should They Be Paid?” Claire Cane Miller