Generally, time means progress. But in the last two decades, the labor force participation rate of women between ages 25 and 54 has dropped in the United States, according to a new analysis — leaving $650 billion on the table each year.
“I hear all the time from working moms who can’t even go to a job interview because they can’t find affordable child care, who have had to choose between their career and spending time with their newborn, or who have lost their jobs because they needed to care for a seriously ill family member—and I know this caregiving crisis is worse for women of color,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), in a release.
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