Op-ed: The “All-Consuming” Emotional Labor Caused by Coronavirus—and Shouldered by Women

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“We’ve done the majority of the at-home teaching,” Flynn writes, “setting up our own laptops at our kids’ make-shift workstations, so we can serve as teacher and IT technician while attempting to do our own jobs.” (Jeremy Hiebert)

This isn’t the article I was supposed to write. 

As the director of health equity at the Roosevelt Institute, I research and write about the health dimensions of race, gender and economic inequality.

But I’m also a mom of three kids between the ages of three and eight.

As the coronavirus has unfolded, I have experienced and analyzed what’s happening in my family, in my community and in the world more broadly. (I will note upfront that I recognize the extraordinary privilege I have to be part of a household where both parents still have a paying job.)

Ten days ago I started writing a hard-hitting analytical piece about the

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