The coronavirus pandemic is revealing the country’s economic inequity with painful contrasts. Some workers are able to work from home, pay for childcare and stock up on food. Others are pushed out of low-wage hourly jobs because of social distancing and must juggle childcare for children released from shuttered schools. Women are disproportionately those workers at the bottom. As the Institute for Women’s Policy Research notes, women are almost half the workforce — and the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children.

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