To be sure, the pandemic presents challenges for all adults, but the new reality has exposed the inequalities that place an outsized burden on women — in Covid-19 times and in normal times.
The problem with asking for help
Ultimately, then, we need men to step up. But we can’t wait for that to happen and we can’t expect it to be enough on its own.
The welfare state we need
To reduce the cost of women’s unpaid labor, we need state and federal policymakers to engineer a robust welfare state — one that would reduce the need for unpaid labor and give women the support they deserve.
Building on those recommendations, I would add two policies to further reduce reliance on women’s unpaid work.