In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both. – The New York Times

Deb Perelman:

I resent articles that view the struggle of working parents this year as an emotional concern. We are not burned out because life is hard this year. We are burned out because we are being rolled over by the wheels of an economy that has bafflingly declared working parents inessential.

Every parent I know is staring down the barrel of home schooling their kids while working this fall and winter.

Cases are spiking. The US recorded more new cases today than the total number of cases that were reported in Wuhan. I find it highly unlikely that, given our trajectory, schools will reopen this fall. It’s wishful thinking.

We won’t know the real pain caused by this until we see jobs data starting in around October or November. A lot of people, almost entirely women, will voluntarily leave the job force. The economic effects are gonna be bad, but the damage that will be done to the morale of women who have fought hard to make careers for themselves will be much worse.