How mothers spend their time

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students Keiley Flores, 13, Andrea Ramos, 10, and Alexander Ramos, 8, work on school-issued computers with unreliable internet connectivity, as their mother Anely Solis, 32, tries to connect them to her mobile hotspot, during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at their home in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 18, 2020.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

More than one in ten mothers of young children left their jobs due to child-care responsibilities at some point in 2020. That’s one of ten facts in a new report from The Hamilton Project at Brookings titled, “Ten economic facts on how mothers spend their time,” which is the theme of this Mother’s Day weekend episode of the Brookings Cafeteria. Lauren Bauer, a fellow in Economic Studies and The Hamilton Project, and one of the report’s authors, discusses some of the ways that work, time use, and caregiving have changed for mothers with young children over the last year.

Also on this episode, Senior Fellow Sarah Binder discusses what’s happening in Congress as President Biden looks ahead to his next 100 days in office. While the first 100 days were largely a legislative and political success for the president and congressional Democrats, Binder says the next 100 days look murkier. Listen to this segment also on SoundCloud.


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