Women feeling brunt of post pandemic stress amid economic uncertainty

 

NORTH TEXAS (CBSNewsTexas) – A global pandemic and the ensuing economic uncertainty have made the last few years hard on everyone, but study after study has found women are feeling the brunt of the stress.

“We know women are taking on the lion’s share of household work and childcare responsibilities and that takes a mental and physical toll,” said Sara Redington with the Miles Foundation, which funds initiatives to improve the lives of children and families.

Deloitte’s Women @ Work: A Global Outlook, a survey of 5,000 women across 10 countries, shows some signs of progress for women in the workplace in the past year, like a decrease in burnout. However, mental health continues to be a concern.

According to Harris Poll data commissioned by CVS Health, women juggling work and raising kids are more likely to report their mental health has gotten worse in the past year.

Forty-two percent of working mothers were diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression in 2022, compared to 28% of the general population and 25% of their coworkers without kids.

“It’s okay to not be okay,” said Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, a mom of three. “It’s okay to talk about it and recognize when you need more support, especially in that phase of raising families, because it is really hard.”

A movement to increase support for parents in the workplace started in Fort Worth and has been steadily growing across the country.

More than 200 business leaders recently came together in Cowtown for the Best Place for Working Parents® National Summit on the importance of family-friendly policies.

“There’s real tangible benefits to the company beyond doing what’s right for your employees,” said Sadie Funk, the national director of Best Place for Working Parents.

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