After six months of this pandemic, we have data showing women are working longer hours and taking on a disproportionate amount of the extra work at home.

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This house is not a home, not anymore. With so many schools and workplaces closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many family homes are now an office, a school and a day care center. “This is an untenable situation that families are somehow managing to make work,” said Washington University sociology professor Caitlyn Collins. “And when I say ‘families,’ what I really mean is ‘mothers.’”

On today’s show, we’ll talk with Collins about women dropping out of the workforce, the ripple effects that could have years down the line and what we (and ahem, our workplaces) can do about it.
Later, we’ll hear how a few of our listeners are coping with exactly this problem, and Bill Gates (!) answers the Make Me Smart Question.

Here’s some additional reading and everything else we talked about today:
* Collins’ research into women’s work hours –
* “What Are Parents Supposed to Do With Their Kids?” from The Atlantic –
* More research into the disproportionate distribution of work during the coronavirus pandemic –
* “How the Child Care Crisis Will Distort the Economy for a Generation” from Politico –
* Some BLS data on the time Americans are taking off for childcare –
* Even more pre-pandemic research on the demands on womens’ time at work (this one’s a PDF, just a heads up) –
* “How top US companies like Bank of America and Salesforce are preventing parents from exiting the workforce by providing thousands of dollars in childcare benefits” from Business Insider –
* “Home Buyer Opendoor Is Going Public in $4.8 Billion Merger” from Forbes –
* “Ice shelves propping up two major Antarctic glaciers are breaking up and it could have major consequences for sea level rise” from CNN –
* Finally, here’s Molly’s interview with Bill Gates! –

Because none of us is as smart as all of us. Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly is a podcast about the economy, technology and culture. Hosts Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood use their expertise to connect the dots on the topics they know best, and get help from listeners and experts about the ones they want to know better.

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