Working Moms Are Drowning, But You Wouldn’t Know It Based on the Presidential Debates

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There’s a certain greeting working moms exchange nowadays. “How are you?” is a pointless question. Instead, it’s, “How are you hanging in there?” with an implied, “Are you about to let go? Do you need my help?”

We have to stick together, you see, because we have no one else.

Dads have stepped up during the pandemic, but not enough to put a significant dent in our overwhelming new workload. Some companies have offered programs such as paid leave, subsidized childcare and reduced schedules to help us stay employed—but not enough of them. And government programs meant to give us relief were exceedingly limited in scope, or have already expired.

You’d think the situation would merit some recognition from those who are looking to steer our country out of crisis. So I dutifully tuned into the two presidential debates, and one vice presidential debate. I sat on the…

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