When asked in the study, ‘What do you need for your well-being right now, what do you need for your productivity right now and what do you need for your happiness right now,’ the answers are the same,” Forde said in an online forum on the topic hosted Thursday by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. “It’s child care, it’s access to mental health care and it’s flexibility at work.”
Women with children are struggling right now. Schools are slowly starting to open up, but the uncertainty of this pandemic has placed a great deal of stress on parents, particularly moms. At any given moment we could shut down again. The pandemic didn’t create struggles for working mothers, but it pushed them out into the spotlight. It shows just how undervalued working moms are as well as the immense pressure and expectations that are placed upon them.
Read the GBH article, “Pandemic Hits Working Women Especially Hard,” Where Tanisha Sullivan, Karen Spilka, and I discuss the struggles of working women with families are facing.