Mar 9, 2021 - Health

San Francisco Mayor: We worked from "day one" of the pandemic to help women

A screenshot of San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Axios executive editor Sara Goo speaking on a Zoom call.

Axios' executive editor Sara Goo and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Photo: Axios

San Francisco officials prioritized addressing women's inequality in the city's pandemic response "from day one," Mayor London Breed told Axios in a virutal event on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Women have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly a million American mothers have left the workforce as unemployment hits women harder than men. Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders have pushed the bulk of housework onto women, many of which are also juggling child care and heightened discrimination.

What they're saying: Breed said that from day one of the pandemic, officials knew action was necessary to protect lower-income communities in San Francisco — which are primarily made up of women — and plan for child care and schooling alternatives.

  • "We set up learning hubs so that when the schools did shut down and there were a lot of working parents that needed to get to work, we made sure that ... parents and mostly women could continue to work while their child was being cared for."
  • "We provided payments to those who didn't qualify for other payments or sick leave from their jobs. We work with small businesses. A lot of the hair shops, mostly run and owned by women, to provide no-interest loans and grants."
  • Breed said that ciy officials knew domestic violence would persist as a big challenge as more people stayed at home, and creating safe places for women to get support was crucial.

Watch the full event here.

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