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An illustration of young children sitting on the backs of their parents who are working in the agricultural fields; children are reading a book or writing.

Left Without School or Daycare, Farmworkers Are Bringing Their Kids to Work

The pandemic has exacerbated an already dire childcare gap in the farmworker community, forcing parents into taking their children to work in fields.
A childcare provider draws on a paper with a young boy in a child care center.

Ohio’s Appalachian Region Was Already Losing Child Care Providers. Then the Pandemic Hit

As of September, the number of licensed child care providers in Ohio has dropped more than 60% from pre-pandemic levels, according to data.
A manicurist wearing a face mask, face shield and gloves attends to a customer's nails.

‘I’m So Scared’: California Nail Salon Workers Face Ruin as Pandemic Wears On

When the coronavirus forced the closure of the nail salon where Tracy Tran works in Los Gatos, she was immediately robbed of two things she held dear: work and sleep. Ever since arriving in the…
Child wearing a pink winter jacket and a black hat in a childcare center; surrounded by more children and a childcare provider in the background.

Black Childcare Providers Hit Hard by COVID-19

Kimberly Speller is still getting used to the quiet. Before the pandemic, on a typical day, she’d welcome a dozen or so boisterous 3 and 4-year-olds onto her porch and into her home in West…
A child looks inside a bag held by his mother, more children and parents walk around with bags of meals.

“You’re Basically Trying to Pick Your Poison”: Persistent Inequality Weighs on Black Mothers During COVID-19

On a bright Sunday afternoon in late August, 37-year-old Adrianne Williams tucked her son Josiah into his car seat. The energetic three-year-old was talkative that afternoon, excited for the weekly hour drive. Josiah’s latest obsession,…

After Escaping Abuse in the Middle East, Domestic Workers’ Woes Are Far From Over in this Pandemic

The pandemic and resulting economic crises have led tens of thousands of migrant workers around the world to return to their home countries
A woman wearing a protective mask checks the temperature of a young child; a man is looking at them.

With Less Money and More Risk, Waves of Child-Care Providers Call it Quits

OAKLAND —  Kirsten Hove and her mom have been taking care of kids in San Francisco for decades. Hove’s mother opened a day-care program in her home in the city’s Marina neighborhood more than 30 years ago.…
A woman wearing a mask, walks down the front steps of a house

COVID-19 Evictions Could Leave More Women Without a Vote

(Cleveland) – Lynn Rodemann walked up the driveway, a mask fixed tightly to her face.  A mother of five welcomed her into the backyard, where she was cleaning up the colorful, damp decorations from a…
A large group of women sit on the pavement; a Kenyan flag held against the tree.

In Wake of Beirut’s Devastating Blast, Stranded Kenyan Domestic Workers Demand Repatriation

An estimated 30 women - at least three with children - took to the streets to protest. They are sleeping outside the Kenyan consular on mattresses with little food or water.
A woman in white and spectacles, wearing a name tag lanyard, talking to another woman who is sitting.

The Brutality of Brazil’s Pandemic Call Centers

Call centers are a mainstay of the Brazilian economy—and a growing menace to its workers.
Ruth Khakame speaks on stage

Seeking a decent life for domestic workers

As the head of the National Domestic Workers Council of Kudheiha, a trade union that advocates for Kenyan workers’ rights, she is the first point of contact for women’s pleas across the country and beyond.
An Ethiopian domestic worker sits among personal belongings, waiting in front of the Ethiopian Consulate outside Beirut, where she and others were abandoned by their Lebanese employers last month.

Laid Off and Locked Up: Virus Traps Domestic Workers in Arab States

When the nine African women lost their jobs as domestic workers in Saudi Arabia because of the coronavirus lockdown, the agency that had recruited them stuffed them in a bare room with a few thin…
A child care worker sitting, surrounded by many young children

Lose Income or Risk Your Child’s Health at Daycare? The Impossible Choice Low-Income Parents Face in Wisconsin

When 19-year old Milwaukee native Lenesha Barr discovered her six-month-old son, LaShaun, tested positive for coronavirus in April, she panicked.  “There’s a risk that he might die from this,” says Barr, a cook at Wendy’s on unpaid…

This Financial Coaching Pilot is Helping Cash-Strapped Women During COVID-19

How do you make empowered decisions on a topic you know little about? People are asking themselves that question a lot during this pandemic, but it applies to everyday uncertainties as well. A big one is…
A worker pushed a cart of cleaning supplies in a high-rise building.

COVID-19 Crisis Cost Women Millions More Jobs Than Men

Women outnumbered men in coronavirus-related job losses by an estimated 2.1 million, The Fuller Project has found in an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment report released Friday.  Women, who make up…
An American woman wearing a yellow top, holding some papers, standing outside a closed door.

Federal Government Needs to Change How it Releases Unemployment Data

In the sweeping economic crisis fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, women and people of color are being hit particularly hard. Industries that disproportionately employ them — restaurant, hospitality, and services — were among the first…

Coronavirus Shutdowns Make Women the Majority of Unemployment Seekers in States Across U.S.

Women filed the majority of new unemployment claims in the weeks after their governors closed schools and workplaces to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Imagine Online School in a Language You Don’t Understand

As COVID-19 shifts classrooms online, remote schooling poses a special challenge for families who are not fluent in English.
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