Rep. Porter Report Details the Burden of the Pandemic on Working Women
Congresswoman’s report highlights how inaction will erase decades of progress for working women, hamper economic recovery
Washington, December 8, 2020
Tags: Women and Families
Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today released a report documenting the economic burden of the coronavirus pandemic on women in the workforce. The report suggests that disparities between men and women in the workplace are likely to deepen without a recovery effort that includes policies focused on women and families. These gaps, left unaddressed, would last for generations and result in long term damage to our economy.
“No matter how you look at the economic data, it is clear that the burden of this pandemic is falling hardest on women,” said Porter, the only single mother of young children in Congress. “Women are losing their jobs more often than men, while a disproportionate number of women are leaving the labor force to care for their children. Our report makes clear that we aren’t currently doing enough to support working women, and this inaction is going to hold back our economic recovery.”
The report’s key findings include:
The report makes clear the need for a recovery plan that will support working women and families. Congresswoman Porter specifically recommends:
Recognizing that strong family policy is strong economic policy, Congresswoman Porter has been a staunch advocate for women and families throughout her time in Congress. In July, she introduced legislation that would make it easier for Americans serving as caregivers to get relief if their children or other dependents are unable to go to school or a childcare facility due to COVID-19. One of the first bills she introduced was the bipartisan Family Savings for Kids and Seniors Act, which would make childcare more affordable by more than doubling the amount of money families can set aside pre-tax in Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
Read the full report HERE.