The pandemic left women and people of color far behind and shattered the facade of equality

If a building has a flaw in the foundation, it doesn’t matter whether you repair the roof or not. If you don’t address the real problem, a storm will come and make things worse. While women have made serious gains over the past 30 years – with more CEOs, college graduates, and eventually representation in the White House – the percentage of women in the workforce is now as low as it was in 1988, according to 1988
New York Magazine. The facade of equality was shattered during a pandemic that left women and people of color far behind.

The good news is that there has never been a better time to fix the foundation because there has long been no appetite for such changes. It was unfathomable that the US would send checks to Americans before 2020. Now we are expecting our third stimulus check in less than 12 months. There were also many overdue innovations, such as paid sick leave during the pandemic, which we should keep indefinitely.

But the best place to start is at home. For generations, women have done the vast majority of unpaid work around the home. According to McKinseyWomen do an average of 75 percent of unpaid care work around the world, including childcare, elderly care, cooking and cleaning. There are a number of policy recommendations from both republican and Democrats Make direct payments to households with children. This is a good concept and should be initiated.

Plus, paid family vacations are a breeze. We’re the only wealthy nation with no paid family vacations, which is absolutely pathetic. Millions of women drop out of work temporarily or permanently due to pregnancy or childcare costs. A society that does not support women who give birth gives them two choices: not having children or not working, choices that are totally contrary to the American way of life. While a political solution might be years away in the face of polarization in Washington DC, what would it be like for companies to offer childcare in their offices? After interrupting an immeasurable number of zooms by children, why should we return to a world of work where families are seen as out of sight and out of their minds?

In addition, men have to step up at home. Numerous studies show that political and economic equality is due to the time difference Homework. In countries where there is little or no labor disparity, women make up a significantly higher percentage of government. In Sweden, for example, there is less than an hour a day between the housework done by men and women and women make up 44% of the parliament. In the US, women do 90 minutes more housework a day than men, and women make up only 23% of Congress.

Perhaps most importantly, how can we use the wealth we already have in our communities to support parents? Religious organizations, YMCAs, or boys and girls’ clubs, and non-profit organizations are likely to have open spaces and WiFi so that students can safely learn virtually. College students who are learning from a distance more than ever before may serve as tutors or mentors to young students. All of these opportunities would give parents, especially mothers, a much-needed break and the opportunity to find work themselves.

Remember, this is not just equality for equality’s sake. Women-run countries performed better over time 2008 financial crash and dealt with COVID-19 more successful than male-run countries. Additionally, McKinsey states that if we close the gender gap, we will have $ 13 trillion GDP by 2030.

All of these solutions will take some time to develop, but there is one thing we need to achieve as soon as possible to get on the right track: Schools reopening. The fact is, millions of women will stay at home as long as their children have nowhere else to go because of the fundamental shortcomings that brought us here in the first place. What else does it say about our society that bars and restaurants are open earlier than schools?

The benefits of reopening schools are many and varied, as does gender equality. This time it has to be a lot more than a slogan or a PR stunt. By making equality for women a priority, we can build a healthier and more prosperous society. It’s a foundation built to last.

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