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AILSA CHANG, HOST:
March was a good month for women in the job market. Nearly half a million women joined the labor force last month, but that bit of good news comes after a year of devastation for working women. Month after month, the jobs report put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has shown women bearing the brunt of economic losses associated with the pandemic. Consider this fact. In less than one year, working women have lost labor force gains that took three decades to accumulate. And that is not a woman’s problem. That is an American problem, although it may fall to women to try to solve it.
With us today are three of the women who are responsible for U.S. economic policy. Janelle Jones is the chief economist at the Department of Labor. Heather Boushey is a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. And Jennifer Klein is co-chair of the White House Gender Policy Council. Welcome to all three of you.
JANELLE JONES: Thanks so much.
JENNIFER KLEIN: Thank you for having us.
HEATHER BOUSHEY: Thank you.CHANG: Well, I first want to ask you all how much of a difference do you think it makes when women, […]