After reading (and raging over) the Five Thirty Eight article, How the Pandemic Could Force a Generation of Mothers Out of the Workforce, we knew we had to have a candid discussion about it with Katherine Goldstein, the award-winning journalist, working mom expert, and The Double Shift podcast host.

(You may remember her from our episode 157, Working Mom Guilt: It’s Not You, It’s the System. She’s amazing!)

Tune in for a passionate, helpful, sympathetic discussion about the childcare crisis, why it’s happening (*ahemgovernment*), who it’s impacting most, what we can do about it — and what will happen if we don’t do anything.

Katherine Goldstein on the impossible burdens put on working moms due to the lack of childcare options during the pandemic. | Spawned parenting podcast with Kristen and Liz of Cool Mom Picks

Yes, it’s a feisty episode!

Be sure to listen for Katherine’s brilliant alternative to mom shaming when it comes to our decidedly limited choices this fall, and where we should direct our frustration and anger instead. We love it!

Listen to this terrific discussion on iTunes right now (or your favorite podcasting app works too!), or click right here to listen. Subscribed to Spawned on iTunes too, so you never miss an episode.

Plus as always, you’ll want to stick around for three wildly diverse cool picks of the week.


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Related links and further reading: 

How a lack of childcare could impact working moms for a generation. Chart via fivethirtyeight | spawned parenting podcast

The Five Thirty Eight article that inspired our show. It’s packed full of good links and research.

Katherine’s proposal for a National CareCorps: Huffington Post

The mom shame factor that goes into our back to school decisions: The Lily

How reopening schools is a lose-lose for families of color: Axios

America’s First Female Recession: The 19th

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