Days feel like weeks. Weeks seem to last a month. Watching the country and many parts of our economy shutdown over the past week has been surreal. Last Thursday’s historic 10% market drop would soon be overshadowed by Monday’s 13% decline. Our economy was not designed with this type of immediate shutdown in mind. It will require a lot of ingenuity to fight this disease and to support our economic system through this crisis. I have no doubt that there will be amazing women on the frontlines in both areas. When the proverbial SH$! hits the fan, women always step in to fix things.
Week after week, year after year, the magazine featured an individual on the cover, often from Washington but also from Wall Street or Hollywood, from foreign palaces and humming factories, all outstanding and almost always men.
Kimberly Seals Allers, Washington Post
But much of the month is spent comparing women’s professional success with men’s. We should honor women’s advancement in their careers, but overlooking the unpaid work that mothers and other caregivers have done for centuries is not a true celebration of women’s history.
Alisha Haridasani Gupta, New York Times
Around the world, women make up a majority of health care workers, almost 70 percent according to some estimates, and most of them occupy nursing roles — on the front lines of efforts to combat and contain outbreaks of disease.
Nina Martin, ProPublica
Blair Here: If you are pregnant and have time to consider home birth for a healthy pregnancy, please reach out. I am happy to provide information about my two home births and ways to search for a qualified caregiver in your area.
Women are on the coronavirus frontlines as healthcare workers, primary caregivers and migrant workers, but policy responses often fail to consider how gender and epidemics interact.