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Huffington Post: A New Report Shows Just How Hard 2020 Was On Moms

June 25, 2021

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Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has loosened its grip a bit on the United States, it is easy to forget just how devastating the past year was for millions of mothers in this country — and elsewhere.

But a new report from the Center for Global Development, a nonprofit think tank, estimates that around the world, working-age women put in an average of 173 hours of additional unpaid child care through October of last year — nearly three times what men put in.

That’s on top of the unpaid child care women already disproportionately do. In a typical, nonpandemic year, women around the world spend about 4.5 trillion hours on child care, compared to about 1.4 trillion hours put in by men, according a press release accompanying the report.

“We knew there was a gap, but the immense inequality on who is providing unpaid care is staggering,” said Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, said in a statement. “Unpaid care burdens continue to pile up for women.”

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