Angélica González was interviewed and featured in a May 19 MSNBC News segment, “Working Women Face ‘Perfect Storm’ Study Finds.” A recent study from Deloitte out Wednesday surveyed 5,000 women over 10 countries from November 2020 to March 2021, under scoring the “perfect storm” raging against working women over the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Labeled the “She-Cession,” the movement illustrates how women have been expected to work their full-time jobs, take on additional responsibilities in the home, homeschool and/or monitor online classes for their school aged children, and quickly pivot when childcare facilities close or greatly limit capacity. Since February 2020, more than 2.3 million women have left the labor force, putting women’s labor force participation rate at 57 percent, the lowest it’s been in 33 years.
As an outspoken advocate for working moms and the need for policy changes surrounding affordable and accessible childcare, González spoke from her experience as a single mom who wasn’t entirely new to the balancing act of parenthood and professional responsibilities. During law school, González was a single mom who learned just how difficult it is to juggle a job, childcare and her studies all at the same time.
“In the beginning of the pandemic, when you’re in isolation, you don’t know what’s happening in other households or with other women. You feel very alone,” said González. “And all of a sudden you have all of these things on your shoulder, overnight. It was hard. It was really hard, and I think the majority of America knows what I’m talking about.”
González shared she was thankful that Lane Powell was supportive of her need for more flexibility with her schedule and childcare needs. She said she if it wasn’t for that, she wouldn’t be able to do this, nor does she know how other women are doing it.
The Deloitte survey and NBC News article emphasized the need for employers to provide flexibility to employees, especially female employees, including childcare/caregiving support, short-term sabbaticals and better resources to support their mental health.
The NBC News article ended with a quote from González saying employers ought to update policies to reflect the support of their female employees, but also embed them in the company culture. “It’s not just about having one person at a company that’s willing to talk with women. You need a culture of a company to care about women, to realize that there’s some difficulties going on and to think about these things.”
As an advocate and voice for working mothers, González has previously been asked to participate in White House roundtables on the Child Care and COVID-19 Crisis, and was invited to speak to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on how they can support women during these times through their nonprofit, Archewell, Inc. González has also been featured on the Today Show about the impact of remote learning on children.
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