Fact Check: Have 2 million women dropped out of the workforce during the pandemic?

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By Nusaiba Mizan, PolitiFact/Austin American-Statesman; radio interview produced by Alexandra HartDecember 8, 2021 9:35 am, , ,

From PolitiFact:

Allred says fewer women are in the labor force because of the pandemic

Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been deadlocked over President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill, which would fund Democratic social and economic goals, including free preschool education.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said she wanted to see the bill put to a vote this weekthough as of Friday the Congressional Budget Office had yet to score the bill and determine a final cost. Congress passed Biden’s separate $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which he signed Monday.

Among the Democratic advocates for the $1.75 trillion bill is Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, who has emphasized the devastating economic effects of the pandemic as a reason why Americans need some of the social safeguards guaranteed in the Build Back Better bill. While speaking on MSNBC on Oct. 25, Allred pointed out the pandemic’s disproportionate economic effect on women.

“You’ve had over 2 million women drop out of the workforce during this pandemic,” Allred said. He went on to highlight the provisions regarding pre-K and child care in the Build Back Better bill aimed to strengthen the workforce.

Is Allred right? Did more than 2 million women drop out of the workforce nationally during the pandemic?…

Read the full story at PolitiFact to see how Allred’s claim rated, and listen to an interview with PolitiFact’s Nusaiba Mizan in the audio player above.

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