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Working Parents in COVID-19: The Impact and the Policy Response

October 29, 2020, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified disparities in health and in social and economic well-being among demographic and socioeconomic groups in America. Many low-wage workers are now considered to be essential workforce participants, and states’ various attempts to “reopen” their economies force Americans in already difficult circumstances at home to decide between workforce participation and safety for themselves and for their children or parents. Research is also showing that working mothers are disproportionately leaving the workforce and that the effects could be felt for years to come.

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) assembled a panel of experts for an online conversation about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on vulnerable working families, and the social and economic policies and interventions that could help put these families back on track.


  • Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Center on Children and Families, Future of the Middle Class Initiative, Brookings
  • Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives at the Brown School at Washington University
  • Molly Kinder, David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings
  • Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Nisha Patel, Senior Fellow, Social Policy Institute, Washington University


October 29, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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