Amid a catastrophic weather crisis sweeping the Southwest, the ongoing coronavirus crisis, and political unrest gripping the nation, Vice President Kamala Harris just sounded the alarm about another national emergency: Women leaving the workforce.
Harris declared on Thursday that women leaving the workforce due to coronavirus is a true “national emergency” that Joe Biden and the legislature need to address in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation.
According to the Times, “2.5 million women who have left the workforce since the beginning of the pandemic,” compared to 1.8 million men that have left the workforce in the same timeframe.
Women have reportedly been disproportionately forced out due to the combined pressures of pandemic-related layoffs and burgeoning childcare duties compounded by school closures — closures which the Biden administration is shockingly comfortable with.
Harris is alarmed about the number of women exiting the workforce, and said during a conference call with women’s advocacy groups that “our economy cannot fully recover unless women can participate fully … In one year, the pandemic has put decades of the progress we have collectively made for women workers at risk.”
Harris stumped for the Biden administration’s latest coronavirus relief policy, claiming that provisions within the bill will provide tax relief and billions of dollars in childcare assistance.
Though Biden’s bill would provide billions in assistance for reopening K-12 schools — the biggest reason women are being forced out of their jobs — Biden’s administration has been unable to come up with a concrete timeline or plan to actually open the schoolrooms of America.
Harris’s platitudes about supporting women in the workplace feel about as empty as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s triumphant proclamation earlier this week that Biden is helping the nation’s small businesses recover from coronavirus by nominating a woman to lead the Small Business Administration.