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Women At Work

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More than ever, women at work are changing the ways things are done.

Key Points
  • The Vice President of the United States is a female for the first time
  • The Coronavirus Pandemic is forcing women out of the workforce
  • Women continue to change the world

Women At Work On The National Stage

With the pandemic still raging in 2021, political changes on the horizon, and job losses still mounting, the atmosphere for women can feel very up in the air. Great changes have been made, because representation matters, with the first female Vice President of the United States being sworn in. Beyond her being the first woman, Kamala Harris is also the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President.

There were women in leadership roles, from press secretaries and presidential advisors before this administration, but there’s also something to be said for being the first. It seems an excellent time to celebrate all that women have been able to accomplish, achieve and excel at through all the years. There are, of course, female Republican and Democrat Senators in Congress, and Representatives in the House. It is an amazing time to see the changes that have overcome the world in just recent times.

Women At Work And At Home

Still, there is always more progress to be made, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created a situation where more women than men have lost their jobs. Many of these jobs have been in teaching fields, as well as in healthcare, as well as across the board as women bear the greatest burden for childcare and eldercare. Schools and daycares remain closed as states have tried to get a handle on the coronavirus, often without a strong coordinated national response.

At home, women continue to be the main weight-bearers, on the whole. The responsibilities for household chores routinely fall on women, along with child-rearing, and virtual schooling responsibilities. This can be compounded by the need many women have to work from home, in whatever capacity they’re able to.

Supporting Women and Men

For anyone working at this moment in history, it can be a lot. There’s not just political upheaval as the situation in Washington, D.C. stabilizes, there’s also the coming winter of the COVID-19 situation that has the potential to affect everyone, whether they’re victims of the disease or not. Wearing a mask was probably not initially meant to be a political statement, but it has sadly become one, and this reduces the number of people who are wearing one, when there is scientific proof that it helps stop the spread of the virus.

It seems likely that a year into the coronavirus pandemic many people are tired, bored, and overwhelmed. Not just women and moms, of course. Single women, married men, all people everywhere may be feeling the effects, and if the winter doesn’t bring a break, it will likely feel like another winter of despair. Seasonal depression, regular depression, all kinds of overwhelm is coming to the surface for many people.

With schools and daycares closed, all parents everywhere are being forced to pick up the slack. Afterschool centers are not available in ways they were before the world shut down. With all of this going on, it can seem overwhelming to even begin to look for solutions. And although there has been progress nationally, there seems to be a lack in “everyday” women’s lives.

In September., 2020, an eye-popping 865,000 women left the U.S. workforce, many through no fault of their own. And now they are facing a long-term loss of mobility and financial freedom. One way that women can begin to heal the process is by going into business for themselves, if they are able. The ROBS Solution may be able to provide a way for women who have been forced out of the workforce to financially support themselves doing what they love.

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