Female Labor Force Participation Is Key To Our Economic Recovery

Policymakers and business leaders must partner to address the child care crisis and return women to work

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women’s employment, with female workforce participation at its lowest rate in more than 30 years. Returning women to work is key to our nation’s economic recovery. Lack of child care was an important driver of women exiting the workforce, as both schools and child care providers closed, and many mothers left work to care for their children.