Throughout the pandemic, moms of young children have shouldered much of the burden of the child care crisis, which made it difficult for many to return to work. Now, we’re seeing the impact in fields that disproportionately employ women. The shortages of teachers and nurses across the country are, in part, driven by the uneven economic recovery that’s left many women behind.
Professions like nursing and teaching are the bedrock of our society—and ensuring that all moms, and families, have access to child care is critical to a more even economic recovery. It’s long past time to solve the child care crisis.