The COVID-19 pandemic has been unbelievably hard on women. During the pandemic, mothers have been three times as likely as fathers to take on the majority of the housework and childcare. This has been a major contributor to the nearly 3 million women who have left the labor force since February 2020. As a result of this mass exit, women’s labor force participation rate reached an over 30-year low in January 2021.
During Women's History Month 2021, Council President Nury Martinez led the passage of the Marshall Plan for Moms Resolution, a plan to urge Congress and President Biden to provide direct payments to moms and pass long overdue policies addressing paid family leave, affordable childcare, and pay equity.
In January, 50 prominent women called on the Biden Administration to implement a Marshall Plan for Moms, organized by Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani. Like the original Marshall Plan of 1948, this plan would be a financial investment in rebuilding women from the ground up by providing mothers with direct monthly payments to compensate for their unseen, unpaid labor.
Addressing this issue does not end once Women's History Month is over, that is why Council President Martinez hosted a virtual conversation with Marshall Plan for Moms Organizer Reshma Saujani to discuss how the pandemic has impacted women in the workforce and how we can create workplace policies to ensure this does not happen again.
Click here to watch the full conversation between Council President Martinez and Reshma Saujani.