MADISON – Tonight, during a telephone town hall meeting, Ron Johnson suggested mothers on public assistance fill the gaps for communities where child care is either inaccessible or too expensive. This comes after Johnson doubled down on saying it’s not “society’s responsibility to take care of other people’s children.”

“We have a full-blown child care crisis and a record number of moms getting knocked out of the workforce. There are commonsense solutions to these problems, but Ron Johnson’s ‘imaginative’ idea would punish moms and drag us back to the 1950s,” said Sarah Godlewski. “I have news for this guy: We’re not going back.”

During the pandemic, a record number of women left the workplace in order to take care of children and aging parents. While the economy continues to recover from the pandemic, it also spells bad news for women. Job report after job report shows that women continue to lag behind men in workforce participation amid the pandemic economic recovery.

Sarah Godlewski is the only woman in the race for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat and is a working mom. Godlewski is running a campaign focused on kitchen table issues and giving moms more seats at the table in the U.S. Senate. For months, she has been calling to make the expanded child tax credit permanent, a program that expired in December because of inaction in Congress. Sarah has also called on Congress to break up the Build Back Better framework into individual bills to give Wisconsin working families the greatest chance at receiving critical relief on issues like paid leave, universal pre-k, and child care costs, which would help address affordable and accessible child care shortages.

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