To End the Caregiving Crisis, Reimagine the Care Economy to Support Its Cornerstone: Black Women

By: Tiffany Younger & Josephine Kalipeni

Black women have long been the cornerstone of care in America. We raised this nation, caring for others’ children — first under duress, then out of necessity. Now, it’s Black, brown and immigrant women risking their health to provide for their families during the coronavirus pandemic, and disproportionately caring for America’s children and elders.

The Biden-Harris administration committed resolutely to addressing COVID-19 and stabilizing our floundering economy. However, “build back better” doesn’t adequately address the staggering “she-cession” that drove Black and Latina women from the workforce, due significantly to lack of family care support.

Historically, Black women were systemically blocked from opportunities to build wealth and achieve financial security. We must break this cycle.

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