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Moms are hit hardest with camps, day cares and schools closing again

By Heather Long

Washington Post, August 6, 2021

“We risk more women being casualties of the great resignation.”

Alicia Sasser Modestino

Excerpt

Top economists and Wall Street investors are not predicting a severe drag on the economy from the delta variant, but parents are a lot more alarmed. This latest surge in daily cases is worse than last summer and another setback in parents’ ability to juggle work and child care, while more companies are requiring workers to return to the office.

The main factors determining whether women keep their jobs or stop working was the ability to work from home or having family nearby — a grandparent or relative — to watch the kids, according to research and focus groups by Alicia Sasser Modestino at Northeastern and economist Laura Sherbin at consulting firm Seramount.

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