MADISON – This morning, the Department of Labor announced the September jobs report showing 309,000 women leaving the labor force, while 182,000 men joined. According to the National Women’s Law Center, the U.S. has lost nearly 2.9 million jobs for women since the beginning of the pandemic.
“It is clear that we have a crisis on our hands–we haven’t seen numbers this low for women since the 1980s. When Capitol Hill prioritized corporations over working families, moms had to step up and fill in the gaps–like we always do,” said Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski. “Women were left behind during the pandemic, but I’m going to fight like hell to make sure none of us are left behind during the recovery. Washington needs to get its priorities straight, and having more working moms at the table in the Senate will make sure we invest in affordable child care, universal pre-k, and paid family leave immediately. Until then, it’s all lip service.”
The CARES Act passed during the pandemic gave $25 billion to airlines while child care received just $3.5 billion.