ATX Together: The Female Recession

Posted on November 2, 2020

ATX Together: The Female Recession is now available to stream.
We are living through our nation’s first female-driven recession that is impacting women, especially women of color, in profound ways. Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Cathy McHorse of United Way and Dr. Jereka Thomas-Hockaday of Central Texas Allied Health Institute look at the challenges facing women and real solutions that could help turn around this "she-cession."

Our Special Correspondent for this episode is Jessica G. from Round Rock, Texas.
To take a deeper dive into the topic of The Female Recession, please see the resource links below Jessica’s commentary.
Jessica G scaled

One Mom’s Story

I never expected for my home to become a full-time classroom due to the pandemic. I had to stop going to work and step up as my children's teacher. Knowing that I had to be home to care for them and teach them, I was worried about employment. I thought it was an impossible feat. How will I work if the kids are being taught by me in our home? This terrified me. Using Workforce Solutions employment search tools, I found employment at a remote position. I was truly blessed. This became the hardest thing I have ever done. I was now expected to maintain high standards as an employee, a teacher and above all, still be a mom.

For the future I am hopeful that our country can stand strong through this. I am glad to have experienced this alongside my kids. I'm very proud of my family.

Here are links to take a deeper dive into the topic discussed on ATX Together: The Female Recession.

Report: America’s Recovery from the 2020 “Shecession”: Building a Female Future of Childcare and Work

NPR: "The Economy Is Driving Women Out Of The Workforce And Some May Not Return"

Career Training:

Central Texas Allied Health Institute (Founder - Jereka Thomas-Hockaday, Ed.D)

Workforce Solutions

Lonestar Construction Trades Training

United Way: Family Pathways and 2-Gen

American Graduate: Getting to Work Public media initiative to advance education and career readiness

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