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EVENT ADVISORY: The Economics of Caregiving and What’s at Stake for Women in the Workforce

Washington, D.C. — The coronavirus pandemic has made unequivocally clear the vital role that women play in our economy and in the economic stability of families. Women have been on the front lines of the pandemic at work and at home, disproportionately harmed by job losses and inadequate caregiving supports that have resulted in 4.2 million fewer women employed and nearly 1.8 million fewer women in the labor force as of May 2021 compared with before the pandemic. Women of color continue to experience higher rates of unemployment than do their white counterparts, and women’s overall labor force participation rate of 57.4 percent is the lowest it has been since 1988. These effects are the result of long-standing policy failures and are a stark reminder of how often the work that women perform—especially the care work frequently done by women of color—is disregarded and devalued despite its essential role in sustaining families and the economy overall.

A robust recovery will require more than a return to the pre-pandemic status quo, where caregiving challenges and work-family conflicts were left largely for women to navigate on their own. The current conversations about investing in infrastructure and growing the economy must include an intentional focus on what actions are needed to ensure that all women can participate fully in the economy and provide vital support to their families.

Please join the Center for American Progress on Tuesday, June 22, for an important conversation with leading economists and experts about the current status of women in the economy, the lessons learned from the pandemic, and what it means to center women in conversations about the critical investments needed to propel a strong economic recovery.

If you have questions for our panel, please submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #EconomicsOfCare or via email to .

WHO:

Panelists:
Dr. Lisa Cook, Professor of Economics and International Relations, Michigan State University
Ai-jen Poo, Co-Founder and Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Dr. Heidi Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy, Economic Policy Institute
Dr. Aaron Sojourner, Professor of Economics and Labor Economist, Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota

Moderator:
Jocelyn Frye
, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE:

You must RSVP at this link to watch the livestream event.

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Colin Seeberger at or 202-741-6292.