‘Erasure Of 40 Years Of Progress’: How The Pandemic Is Affecting

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Marita Stollenwork recently decided to step away from full-time work at her busy, senior-level job as a project manager for a Milwaukee-area consulting firm.It was a difficult decision, but juggling conference calls, report writing and virtual learning for her fourth grader and two third graders had gotten to be too much. 
“I would have to essentially stop paying attention to the emails and the phone calls from work to be able to keep them engaged in what they were supposed to be doing,” she said. 
When her kids needed her attention, and she couldn’t focus on work, she said she’d use vacation time. 
“It was just really difficult,” she said. “It’s really hard.”
In early October, Stollenwork began working part-time instead. The move came with a pay cut, but she stressed that it was necessary for her mental health.
“We all gotta make it through what we’re doing,” she said. “And, you know, for me, these are the steps that I have to take in order to … make sure that I can make it through.”
Women all over the state are confronting the same difficult choices, and many are bearing the brunt of the economic impact of the pandemic. …

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