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Why Mothers Are Skeptical About All the Promises of Pandemic Aid [nytimes.com]

 

By Lisa Lerer and Jennifer Medina, The New York Times, March 30, 2021

Last March, as most of America worried about getting sick, Kate Farley had a different, urgent concern: having a baby amid a pandemic.

The months after the birth of her third child were a blur of sleepless nights, followed by days spent managing remote school for her kindergartner, struggling to entertain her preschooler and setting up a classroom in her Middletown, N.J., home. By the time Ms. Farley returned to work in August, the 36-year-old lawyer had become convinced that politicians in both parties didn’t really care about the country’s mothers.

“My feeling was the government was doing nothing to help parents,” said Ms. Farley, who started an effort to press local officials to reopen schools. “There was a lot of talk and a lot of articles about moms bearing the brunt, but nothing was done.”

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