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How The Pandemic Is Disproportionately Impacting Working Moms




A mother helps her nine-year-old son and six-year-old daughter to do school homework.
A mother helps her nine-year-old son and six-year-old daughter to do school homework.
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Increasingly, research shows the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting working moms like Ballesteros. A working paper from the University of Southern California found moms were more likely to be the caregivers for kids in two-parent households, and to reduce their working hours and feel more anxious and depressed than men and women without children.

"This COVID-19 crisis has the capacity to really represent a step back in terms of gender equality because we see moms are carrying more of the load than dads," said lead author and University of Arkansas economist Gema Zamarro.

LAist talked to SoCal moms who are working less, have left the workforce entirely, and delayed investments in their education during the pandemic. What many of them have in common is that the child care they relied on before doesn't exist right now. Researchers worry that even when child care becomes largely available again, women could face career setbacks. Today on AirTalk, we talk through some of the challenges working moms are facing. We also want to hear from working moms. What has been your experience? Share your story by calling 866-893-5722.

Read Mariana Dale’s full story here 

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guests: 

Mariana Dale, KPCC reporter covering early childhood education; she tweets @mariana_dale 

Caitlyn Collins, assistant professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, she’s the author of “Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving,” (Princeton University Press, 2019); she tweets @CaitlynMCollins