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America Doesn’t Care About Mothers

I finally understand that help is not coming

A mother helping her son study and read.
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I spent the first six months of the pandemic sure that help for mothers was on its way. Bills would be passed, systems would be reworked. Workplaces would shift to include caretaking within their cultures. A year of the country “staying home” would validate the work of stay-at-home mothers. As the fall brought more remote…

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Meg Conley

Meg Conley

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