What Next

A Sexist Recession

The pandemic has not hit everyone equally.


Episode Notes

The pandemic has hit many of us hard in different ways. But women in particular find themselves at the intersection of multiple crises. Across the economy, jobs in female-dominated industries are disappearing. Inside the home, moms are often shouldering the brunt of the extra child care burden that comes with school closures.

How are women getting by right now? And will the setbacks they’re experiencing be permanent?

Guest: Jess Calarco, professor of sociology at Indiana University.

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About the Show

The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.