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The American Government Once Offered Widely Affordable Child Care ... 77 Years Ago

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The number of women in the workforce overtook men for a brief period earlier this year. But the uncomfortable truth is that in their homes, women are still fitting into stereotypical roles of doing the bulk of cooking, cleaning and parenting. It's another form of systemic inequality within a 21st century home that the pandemic is laying bare. Malte Mueller/fStop/Getty Images hide caption

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Ellen Griffin is a single mom with two kids in Birmingham, Ala. Tamika Moore for NPR hide caption

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'Incredibly Scary': Single Moms Fear Falling Through Holes In Pandemic Safety Net

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Open enrollment is about to start for those buying private insurance off state or federal exchanges. PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images hide caption

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Jennifer Pahlka co-chaired a strike team that discovered that outdated fraud detection systems were to blame for delaying benefits for millions of Californians. As a result, a new modern ID verification system has just been launched to fix the problem. Clementine Hecker hide caption

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'So Hard To Prove You Exist': Flawed Fraud Protections Deny Unemployment To Millions

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Analysts say real estate tax breaks allowed President Trump to personally avoid high taxes. Above, Trump prepares to sign tax legislation into law in the Oval Office on Dec. 22, 2017. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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How Can President Trump Pay Less Tax Than You?

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A woman recovering from fever linked to COVID-19 checks medications in her home in Mineola, N.Y., this spring. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble

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Two million Americans have started freelancing in the past 12 months, according to a new study from Upwork, a freelance job platform. And that has increased the proportion of the workforce that performs freelance work to 36%. Ada Yokota/Getty Images hide caption

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Jobs In The Pandemic: More Are Freelance And May Stay That Way Forever

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People wait for a bus in August in East Los Angeles. Latinos have the highest rate of labor force participation of any group in California — many in public-facing jobs deemed essential. That work has put them at higher risk of catching the coronavirus. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Latinos Report Financial Strain As Pandemic Erodes Income And Savings

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'I Try So Hard Not To Cry': Nearly Half Of U.S. Households Face A Financial Crisis

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How People Are Scraping By After Expiration Of Federal Unemployment Aid

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