865K women exiting the workforce in one month is perhaps the long term-impactful economic story of the year, period. Why are only podcasts/outlets aimed at women/moms inviting me to talk about it?
Economics and general interest shows/outlets. Hi. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm a Harvard Nieman fellow, creator of an acclaimed reported podcast on a new generation of working mothers. (pssst.. i have a tip) The status of mothers in the workplace... effects everyone
To clarify, many outlets have covered this stat. My point is that this is a huge generational story that needs voices FROM mothers in the trenches, so our voices aren’t silenced in how we can shape our collective future.
This is a self fulfilling prophecy. When women are forced out of the workplace, they are less likely to able to contribute news coverage, research, Policy ideas, insights and perspective. We’ll be dealIng w this for many years to come
While I have you. Please do not call this “dropping out.” That’s what lazy teens do. This is pushed, shoved and forced out of work by a society who has abandoned us and given us no livable options. Language matters.
And ps - listen to The Double Shift - it’s the ONLY reported podcast that puts working mothers at the center of the story, challenging the status quo thedoubleshift.com

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14 Oct
Y'all. The Double Shift is BACK. Ep 1 out today, with co-host @agarbes. This ep all about making sure mothers' voices are actually heard during this most extraordinary time. Listen & Subscribe! traffic.megaphone.fm/DSPRD661132364…
865,000 women left the workforce btw aug and sept. The Double Shift is here to make sure our forced exodus from workplaces does not mean we are forced out of conversations and the shaping our collective future.
We want this season to be an imperfect capsule of this pandemic, putting mothers at the center of the story, rather than off in the shadows.
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22 Sep
In a rare spot of good news, I love reading about how employees at @Poynter spent a year advocating for a better family leave policy and now have 6 months! poynter.org/business-work/…
One of the advocates, @Mel_Grau, was told to "not get her hopes up" since others had tried and failed before, but the times are a changin'! I'm extremely gratified to know that my reporting for @NiemanReports 3 yrs ago has been fuel for the fire across the media industry
Original article here: niemanreports.org/articles/where… Writing this story changed my life as well. It helped me understand that my calling was to tell the stories of working mothers in America.
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10 Sep
Have you ever seen a man publicly acknowledge the childcare that allowed him the space to work that let him get a promotion, finish a book, come up with a scientific breakthrough or win an award?
you see men thanking their wives, but why do women acknowledge that paid childcare makes their work possible when men never do?
How about in that awards speech or celebratory tweet we start seeing, "I'd like to thank my Nanny Lucy for giving me the space to work hard enough to achieve this"
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10 Sep
I have an entire section in my almost finished book proposal called "The Case for matriarchy." After the hellscape of 2020, who's ready to sign on?
FUN FACTS ABOUT MATRIARCHY: the highest compliment a man can get is being called "a good mother."
sexual violence is unheard of.
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27 Aug
Yesterday I was accepted to become a poll worker in Durham, NC. This is the most impactful thing I feel I can do rn for the future of all of children and to protect our democracy. Here are some FAQs & how you can join me. I'm challenging myself to get 10 others to sign up! /1
This is important bc historically in many places the average age of a poll worker was around 70, and many states are expecting shortages, which will mean longer lines and maybe closed precincts. This isn't volunteer - it's a paid position, in NC $15/hr, including paid training
Qualifications generally are being a registered voter and not being a party official or candidate for office. They are esp looking for people with computer literacy skills and can carry 30lbs. You can sign up at your state's board of election website.
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20 Aug
This morning I am angry that there is no serious legislative discussion to pay parents to stay home to conduct virtual school (or to offset childcare costs while they work) In any civilized society the debate would be not "if" we should give $ but "how much."
I am hereby never again using the term "dropping out" to describe mothers leaving the workforce. Drop outs connote failure: unmotivated underachievers. What's happening rn is a systemic policy failure gun to the head that's holding mothers' careers hostage.
i would encourage others in the media to do the same. "Forced out" and "pushed out" are MUCH more accurate than "dropped out."
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