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Photo: Scott Olson via Getty Images

Former President Obama, speaking to The 19th, called on the government, spouses and partners to play their role in addressing the decline in women's labor force.

Why it matters: Women's labor force participation in the U.S. was at a 33-year low in January. The pandemic has driven mothers out of the workforce, and there's reason to be concerned about "permanent scarring," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in March.

  • When women are not maximized in the labor force, they earn and spend less, resulting in less economic growth, according to Nicole Goldin, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Program.
  • Women of color are also disproportionately impacted by economic inequality.

What he's saying: "Women play a critical role in shaping economies, not just here in the United States but around the world," Obama told The 19th's Errin Haines in an interview published Monday. "And if women aren’t participating in the workforce, it makes everyone worse off."

  • "Over the last year, the pandemic has forced a lot of women to juggle working from home, online school and a lack of child care — on top of everything else they were already doing. They’ve found themselves in an impossible situation, and in many cases had to make a difficult choice," he added.
  • "We all have a role to play in reversing this trend."
  • "Government can help by mandating more parental leave and better pay to begin with. But those of us who are spouses and partners need to make sure we’re doing our part, too — sharing the load and helping our sons and daughters understand that marriage and parenting is a partnership."

The former president also highlighted the need to protect voting access amid a slew of GOP-led voter suppression bills across the country.

  • The U.S. must guarantee that "every American citizen has equal representation in our government, including the American citizens who live in Washington, D.C., and in Puerto Rico, and the formerly incarcerated," Obama said.

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Jun 13, 2021 - World

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on being the only woman in the room

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., has argued over her 39-year diplomatic career that educating and empowering women and girls is an investment in peace and security for their nations.

  • "I will always push for women to be part of negotiation teams," she told me in the State Department Treaty Room, during an interview for "Axios on HBO."
  • "I notice ... when they're not in the room. ... Sometimes I'm the only one," she added with a laugh. "And I will call it out."

Biden administration outlines goals to slow migration

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a press conference in Guatemala City on June 7. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris has big goals for improving conditions in Central America to help slow migration from the region toward the United States.

Driving the news: Senior administration officials unveiled five sweeping goals during a call on Wednesday: Bettering economic prospects; rooting out corruption; promoting human rights, labor rights, and a free press; preventing gang violence; as well as combating sexual, gender-based and domestic violence.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
4 mins ago - Health

Testing our way around the Delta surge

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The recent surge of COVID-19 cases is strengthening the case for more frequent testing.

Why it matters: The more contagious Delta variant threatens the fuller reopening of offices and schools in the fall. But regular testing — especially with cheap and almost instantaneous tests — could help catch cases before they have a chance to spread.

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