Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce

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The purpose of the Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce Ad-hoc is to identify and advocate on behalf of women throughout Sonoma County who have been affected by job loss during the pandemic and/or the inability to return to work due to loss of childcare or preschool closures.

COVID-19 has had a massive negative impact on economic growth in Sonoma County as well as the need for community support for families with young children, and especially for women caring for children on their own. We know that often women, specifically women of color, take on jobs in hospitality, food service, and essential jobs in our schools as health care assistants, as home heath aids, and specifically as childcare workers and providers. This impacts our businesses’ ability to stay open as well as the ability of the women to care for their families, due to their own loss of income. Many women during the pandemic have needed to stay home to care for their own children and have not been able to return to work.

We are aware that Sonoma County voters will soon have an opportunity to support the initiative, “Our Kids Our Future,” on the 2022 ballot. This is a grassroots effort to improve access to childcare and preschool in our community. It also addresses the need for the early childcare providers to earn a higher, living wage. Accessible quality childcare is an issue that impacts all working women and families in Sonoma County, regardless of our zip code.

Ad hoc members: Commissioners Joanne Brown and Jessica Wood

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