Working Moms' Winter Math Is Getting Tougher



Young Afro-Latina mother taking temperature of her child in bed, photo by Vesnaandjic/Getty Images

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by Kathryn A. Edwards

November 22, 2022

The expected “tripledemic”—a concurrent winter surge in COVID, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus infections—promises to be tough on everyone. But spare a thought for the millions of working mothers who remain disproportionately responsible for raising children, and who must make room for the tripledemic in their careers.

No one can work and take care of sick kids at the same time—and children get sick a lot. But in the world the pandemic has wrought, it's a whole new experience, especially for those with children under age six.…

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Kathryn Edwards is an economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

This commentary originally appeared on Bloomberg on November 22, 2022. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.