The epidemic arrived in Levitatown, Pennsylvania last year, with Nicole Harry rushing to adjust her work schedule as a front-end manager at a grocery store so she could take care of her kids as well.
The 46-year-old single mother of six, three children still at school, signed up for the 4am to 8am shift so they could stay home on time for their distance learning. In the evening he returned to the shift for another four hours. And every weekend she worked to keep her kids’ virtual classrooms free for at least two weeks to better monitor them.
Harry did not lose his job due to the coronavirus crisis, on the contrary 20 m Other Americans, however, said the experience revealed how connected her career was to her child’s needs – and that they were frustrated by the lack of support from parents working in the world’s largest economy.
“Even though I’ve moved on, I always have to come back, because as a mother, we hit,” Harry said. “Whenever something happens, when baby care fails or whatever happens, it’s always the mother.”
Hear Travels – and a few million struggling families – forced Joe Biden last week to launch an 8 1.8tn project to pour government funds into child care, education and healthcare. He calls it American family planning.
As The US economy The coronavirus has roared back from the depths of the crisis, with new wage data added last month, with the expectation of nearly 1 million jobs.
His plan would extend a tax credit for children, provide child care costs and subsidies for child care providers, fund universal pre-kindergarten education, and guarantee paid families and medical leave – where the United States lags far behind the developed world.
“The challenge is that we have a workforce in the United States where most women are breadwinners or millennials for their families. And yet, we do not have the infrastructure to support families who no longer have the means to care for them from house to house, “said Heather Boshe, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. [and] Landscapes that keep families engaged in the economy “
A bitter and intense political battle can be expected for these moves and it is not clear that Biden will be the winner, even if the polls show the package is popular.
Republicans are criticizing the plan to spend extra, destroying the social fabric by encouraging rich people to pay for it and even encouraging parents and especially women – to leave their children in the care of others. Missouri Junior Republican Senator Josh Howley called the plan “left social engineering.”
“Our Policies for the public In an article for Fox News last month, he wrote, “The family should improve rather than hurt, and we parents can start with the strength to grow their children as they see fit.” . . When subsidizing commercial child care, try to make family life more affordable by forcing both parents into full-time workforce. ”
The argument echoes that of the 1970s, when, under pressure from conservative Republicans, President Richard Nixon vetoed a law that could create a national childcare network that encouraged Soviet-style “communal” child rearing.
Conservative economists argue that these plans would also be deterrent. “We know the recipe for what we need to get women back into the workforce and it’s a strong economy, and we had a strong economy a long time ago. The policies that contributed to this were lower taxes, lower regulations and lower government spending, “said Kelsey Bowler of the Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative policy group.
Yet there is no doubt that long marches in the workplace of American women have ceased in recent decades. 19 After rapid labor force growth in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, female labor force participation peaked at 60.3 percent in April 2000 and has never reached before.
To officials in the Biden administration, the flaws in the U.S. path have been worrisome. “At the moment families rely on an ad hoc system, there are different standards across different states, millions of families are referred to as‘ child care deserts ’, where a slot doesn’t even have enough money or funding,” Boushi said. “Quality is not enough for American kids.”
International comparisons are particularly worrying for the United States. According to the OECD, it costs much less than the average for a developed economy for family benefits, while the cost of caring for children as part of a woman’s income is much higher than the average for a developed economy. The United States, meanwhile, is the only OECD country to have no national paid holiday benefits.
“Every woman should have the ability to do what she wants to do. “I think it’s good for our society,” said Beth Bentson, founder of Working for Women. “Everyone who tries to help women get into the workforce knows that these have always been difficult issues. But no one actually puts anything in there and says, ‘Hey, we’ll actually fix it and here’s a way we can start dealing with it’. ”
In Levitatown, Hiri’s young children – aged 6 and 13 – are back in school five days a week now that the economy is back on track. Voted for the third party candidate.
However, he supported Biden in this regard.
“This law has given me a little hope not only for the future of my child, but also for the future of other women in the workforce,” she said. “You know there may be some things in place that they don’t need to do career gear towards their kids and have to constantly stop and start.”