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Tough Choices Between Caregiving And Careers During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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The economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has hit women particularly hard. A January report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds 275,000 women left the labor force. And between August and September of 2020, of the 1.1 million people who left the workforce, more than 800,000 were women.

A number of factors are at play, from the collapse of female-dominated industries including hospitality and education to a lack of social supports for mothers. Many women are juggling full-time work and full-time childcare and finding the demands at home under the pandemic make work-life balance impossible. Without childcare services in place during the pandemic, many women are forced to leave their jobs.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss women and tough choices between careers and childcare during the pandemic are Writer Sarah Stankorb; Writer and Educator Whitney Williams-Coble; and Indiana University Associate Professor of SociologyJessica McCrory Calarco, PhD.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.