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The COVID-19 pandemic has created deeper challenges for mothers and caregivers, especially those facing discrimination related to race, disability, immigration status, gender identity, being a single parent, or having a child with special needs. When The Canadian Women’s Foundation launched The Mother Rising in 2021 with a national poll, it heard many mothers and caregivers were nearing their breaking point. They were overworked, overwhelmed, and undervalued; their mental health was suffering; and the pandemic’s burdens were even greater for those experiencing poverty, discrimination, and gender-based violence. The Foundation revisited the national poll this year and, despite changes to pandemic-related protections, the April 2022 survey suggests circumstances have not improved for caregivers.
Moms are disproportionately being impacted, especially when it comes to their health and careers. At this stage of the pandemic, almost half of moms (48%) are reaching their breaking point, compared with 46% of moms in 2021. Nearly half of moms (47%) find it exhausting to balance work and childcare responsibilities. Thirty-nine percent of moms are struggling to keep up with their work demands, compared to 25% of dads; this number has increased significantly for moms (up from 28% in 2021). The vast majority of moms (96%) agree that mothers and caregivers have been significantly impacted by the pandemic and need more support. Click here to view all the survey results.
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