Woman holding baby while working The day-to-day reality of pandemic parenthood has put an immense strain on parents’ mental, social, familial, and physical health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been universally challenging, but for women in the workplace, it’s been devastating. One in four women considered either leaving the workforce or reducing their work hours this year in response to the pandemic. Since February 2020, more than two million women have left the workforce completely. Of those, 22% were Black mothers, 20% were Asian mothers and 19% were Hispanic mothers. This exodus carries ramifications far past the end of the pandemic: fewer working women today will lead to fewer numbers of women in leadership tomorrow.

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