The current economy results from many factors, the most significant of which is the impact of the closures in March due to COVID-19. While the economic recovery sputters along, Americans are differentially impacted, with working mothers and Black Americans falling significantly behind.
Of the over one million Americans who stopped working or even looking in September, almost 80 percent were women, erasing many of recent years’ gains. Virtual learning for families with children and the closure of group child-care has caused the burdens the child care to fall on many working mothers.
The impact of industry and hospitality closures and state and local budget reductions have fallen heavily on government and educational services. Continued virtual and alternating in-person education has resulted in unusually high teacher retirements related to health concerns and part-time school personnel reductions. Many parents have opted to home-school children as uncertainty exists concerning the impact of COVID-19 on children, leading to many leaving the workforce permanently.
Grandparents can supplement but not manage the full-time load of caregiving and educating our grandchildren.