Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the First Partner of California; filmmaker behind Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In and The Great American Lie; and Founder of the Representation Project. Heather McCulloch is the founder and executive director of Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap, a national network of more than 500 nonprofit, philanthropic, public and private sector leaders working together to build the long-term economic security of women with limited or no wealth. The opinions expressed in this commentary are their own. The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed a problem at the heart of our economy with glaring clarity: Women, and especially women of color, are more likely to be the breadwinners in their households than ever before, while most of the unpaid responsibilities at home continue to fall on them. Yet, our public policies and private sector practices are rarely designed to support their dual roles, leaving us all vulnerable as a result. As we work our way through the pandemic-induced economic crisis, we must center women in our economic decision-making and recognize the key role they play in the financial security of their families, communities and the nation at large. Women contribute trillions of dollars to the US economy. They… Read full this story
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