Kari McCracken helps her children with virtual learning in their home in La Grange, Kentucky, on October 29. | Morgan Hornsby for Vox
Hundreds of thousands of women have been pushed out of work during the pandemic. It’s a catastrophe that could set them — and America — back years.
Kari McCracken loved her job managing a team as regional supervisor at a bottling company for Coca-Cola in Kentucky. “The people that I worked with and interacted with daily were like a family to me,” she said. She was getting ready to celebrate her five-year anniversary. It was where she planned to retire. There, “I knew that I had a bright future,” she said.
Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit. McCracken was furloughed in early April but was told she’d likely be called back in June. Since schools had closed, her five children — ages
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