Complex Forces Are Keeping Women From Coming Back to Work


This time last year around twenty million people were out of work now as the economy recovers employers. Say they can't find anyone higher. Still millions of women have yet to return to work. Npr's andrea shoot talked with two of them for more than twenty years. Catherine gains worked as a legal assistant in washington. Dc she had a reputation for excelling at everything documents. Foul leans reefs scanning. Whatever they needed done. I was the go to person. She even wants planned and attorneys wedding early last year. Her law firm downsized and she was laid off. She quickly applied to some temp agencies and got an assignment but then cova kicked in. Nobody had anything for me to go to in a way. It was a blessing. She had recently moved in with her mom. Who has alzheimer's take care of her. Was a fulltime job. Finding an actual job in the pandemic was daunting. I knew i couldn't work in retail. Because i knew. I couldn't be exposed and bring it home to my mother so i just had to. Just be hopeful. Sit and wait. I always say. God didn't bring me this far to drop me off earlier. This year gains moved her mother into a nursing home and now she's applying for jobs again. She'd prefer to work from home but is okay with going into a covid safe workplace. Most importantly she wants to find something that would allow her to take her mom to doctors appointments and checking on her frequently. Gains herself is sixty two now. She's willing to hunt a little longer for the right job at least until unemployment benefits run out. I'm giving myself at least till august. That's when i really hit the grind caregiving responsibilities. Are one reason labor. Economists think women are not returning to the workforce in droves. But stephanie aaronson of the brookings institution says other things are at play to. I think it's just a complex mix of factors that are keeping women out of the labor force right now ongoing concerns about the virus some industries still struggling to recover and a change of heart about how people want to spend their

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