As Ohio’s economy opens up, women’s ability to return to work will be crucial to support their households during this crisis. However, for many working women and working mothers, the option to return to work is impossible without access to care for their children and other dependent family members.
We came together with 30 other organizations and sent a letter to Governor Mike DeWine calling on him to center the needs of women in Ohio’s next steps for COVID-19 recovery.
Here’s the reality: Women are the backbones of families. Women keep our economy strong. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of women in our economy and families is exponentially greater as they are on the frontlines as caregivers in their families and as majority of essential workers. Without thoughtful attention to and timely action on these needs, far too many Ohioans – disproportionately women – will be forced to make the impossible choice between caring for a loved one and earning a paycheck.