Kellie Bhattacharya thought she would be back in the job market by now, but the coronavirus pandemic upended those plans.
The California mother of two decided to leave her job after her second child was born.
“The cost of child care was going to eat most of my paycheck,” Bhattacharya said. “It didn’t really make sense for me to go and only bring home a small salary.”
She planned to resume her career in public relations this fall, as her daughter, Ava, reached preschool age. Instead, she’s found herself home-schooling both her three-year-old daughter and her six-year-old son, Eli.
“I never thought we would be where we are right now,” said Bhattacharya, who wants to get her kids vaccinated and to find quality, affordable child care before she goes back into the workforce.
Experts predicted women would return to the labor force once schools reopened in the fall, but instead, the problem got worse.
In September, some 300,000 women left the workforce…