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Foreign Dispatch: ‘Womenomics’ can help US to build back after pandemic

Heather Long


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US schools are in dire need of substitute teachers - the result of women leaving the workforce recently due to the pandemic. Photo: Stock image

US schools are in dire need of substitute teachers - the result of women leaving the workforce recently due to the pandemic. Photo: Stock image

US schools are in dire need of substitute teachers - the result of women leaving the workforce recently due to the pandemic. Photo: Stock image

If two years of pandemic life has taught us anything, it is that the US urgently needs its own version of Japan’s “womenomics”, an effort to boost women in the workforce.

Omicron January has offered yet another reminder that parents, especially mothers, are at a breaking point – over inadequate childcare, intermittent schooling and the challenges of work, whether remote or in-person. It’s also been a warning about what happens when the US economy doesn’t have enough workers: growth slows as businesses are forced to cut hours or shut entirely. The 24-hour diner becomes the 16-hour place.


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