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Will Biden’s Pandemic Plan Help Women Workers?

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Since March of 2020, more than 2.5 million women have lost their jobs—including my sister-in-law, Christine. Along with so many others, her job in the hospitality industry evaporated overnight.

“The government had no plans to deal with COVID or the financial hardship, and for six months I was unemployed,” Christine told me. “I’m fortunate to be back at work. And I’m grateful that we have a president who understands the real financial loss for so many of us.”

In education, healthcare, and the service sector, women—and especially women of color—have faced the brunt of this crisis, leading the nation in jobs lost. The pandemic has ravaged our country and forced millions of families into economic turmoil. Now they have to worry about putting food on the table for themselves and their children.

But there is hope on the horizon. 


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Last week, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), an economic recovery plan that provides much-needed support for women and families across the country. It will protect women who have lost their jobs in the past year and are now worried about paying their bills on time. It will also help them find access to quality childcare.

“Even if you were lucky enough to have a job during the pandemic, finding childcare has been next to impossible,” explained my Supermajority co-worker Emily, who has been working out of her apartment with her wife and young daughter. “Every mom I know was trying to piece it together for the past year. This investment in the child care system is much needed and long overdue.”

The ARPA includes immediate relief for working families in the form of $1,400 checks for individuals who need them most, paid leave for 100 million additional workers, over $30 billion in housing assistance, and $40 billion to expand access to quality, affordable childcare.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer held a bill enrollment ceremony for the stimulus plan on March 10.

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The plan will help end the pandemic through a nationwide vaccination program and provide $130 billion to get kids and educators back in schools safely. This bill is both for the women dropping their kids off at daycare, and the women working in that daycare. It helps women who have left the workforce, and those still struggling to juggle it all.

It is real, meaningful action that will be felt by women in every community, whether it’s women who can’t afford healthy food or childcare, or moms who are juggling work and helping their kids with Zoom classes.

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This holistic approach to pandemic relief is revolutionary. The plan was met with bipartisan support across the country, including from Republican voters. We’ve heard from people like Barbara Jankowski, a lifelong Republican voter from the Philadelphia suburbs, who praised ARPA and criticized Congressional Republicans who voted against it.

“Shame on them,” Barbara told CNN of the GOP’s opposition. “Voting along party lines was wrong because it was not right for America. It was not right for you, it was not right for me, it was not right for my children.”

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Last year, in the midst of a crisis that was disproportionately impacting them, women came out, and women of color in particular, to deliver the White House and Senate to Democrats. Now, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are delivering for them.

But the daunting challenges we still face, from getting people back to work and our kids back in school to protecting and expanding access to health and childcare, require ambitious solutions.

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As President of Planned Parenthood, I met countless women across the country who spent decades fighting for a better future for themselves and their families. We worked with women and young people who needed accessible and affordable health care. These are the same women who will now be getting direct financial support from the ARPA.

Female frontline workers at hospitals and nursing homes literally held our country together this year—women like Lori Key, the nurse who sang “Amazing Grace” to her coworkers treating COVID-19 patients. They have worked tirelessly to protect us and our families from this virus. They are our heroes, and they need more than just our appreciation. They need the type of economic assistance that the ARPA provides.

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Are ‘Telling Friends That They’re Together’ as a Couple

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Are ‘Telling Friends That They're Together’ as a Couple


All the reports about Bennifer’s back-on romance aren’t downplaying how serious Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are about dating again, just one month after they were seen publicly hanging for the first time. Entertainment Tonight reports that Affleck and Lopez have defined their relationship and are telling their friends that they’re a couple. This is not some casual fling.

Affleck and Lopez, for context, were originally engaged in the early 2000s. They ultimately called off their engagement for good and went their separate ways in early 2004.

Fast forward to summer 2021, and “J.Lo and Ben are very much a couple and have been telling friends that they’re together,” Entertainment Tonight‘s source said. “When they first reconnected, they had to see if the spark was still there because it had been a while. It was, so now they are both fully in it.”

They aren’t ignoring the past though, the source added: “[They have] talked about the past and why things didn’t work out. They are both hopeful about their relationship this time around and putting the effort in. They have both matured and are on the same page and it has been easy.”

Lopez in particular “is elated and really trusts Ben. Ben is more traditional and low-key in his values and Jen is into that. She likes that they can go on dates and have fun. She also thinks that Ben is extremely smart and has a lot of great input.”

ET’s update comes after People reported last week that the two intend to spend a lot of time together this summer despite being bicoastal. (J.Lo is based in Miami, and Affleck is in L.A.) Lopez and Affleckare discussing summer plans,” People‘s source said. “[They] want to spend as much time together as possible. They also want to take a trip.” Generally, “they are both acting very comfortable in their relationship.”

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Shailene Woodley Revealed She and Aaron Rodgers Moved In Together as Soon as They Started Dating

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Shailene Woodley Revealed She and Aaron Rodgers Moved In Together as Soon as They Started Dating


Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers’ surprise engagement came after a rapid-fire romance that started with the two moving in together, Woodley revealed in a new interview with Shape.

“Starting a relationship where you immediately move in with someone—because it’s a pandemic and you can’t just get on a plane and go back and forth on weekends—taught us a lot about each other very quickly,” she said. “We jumped in headfirst and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early.”

Woodley added that while quarantine helped them get to know each other faster because they weren’t traveling for work as much, “I have the perspective that I would have met Aaron in any context, any space in time, because I feel we were meant to be together.”

Woodley and Rodgers’ exact relationship start date isn’t known. But Rodgers was in a relationship with Danica Patrick until July 2020, and Woodley described herself as single in April 2020.

Their engagement was revealed in February 2021, but Woodley later admitted they had actually been privately engaged for a while before the public found out. “Yes, we are engaged, we are engaged,” she told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show in late February. “But for us, it’s not new news, you know, so it’s kind of funny, everybody right now is freaking out over it, and we’re like, yeah, we’ve been engaged for a while. Yeah, we got engaged a while ago. It’s been—he’s, first off, just a wonderful, incredible human being, but I never thought I’d be engaged to someone who threw balls [footballs, specifically] for a living. I never thought as a little girl, ‘Yeah. I’m going to marry someone who throws balls, yeah!’ But he’s really just so good at it, and I’m really impressed. He can throw fast balls, he can throw slow balls, high balls, low balls. When I first met him, I think my dog like pulled me aside and was like, ‘If you don’t date this dude, I will disown you as my mother because the three feet that I run with you when you throw a ball is nothing compared to the marathon I’m able to run with him.’”

A source close to Rodgers spoke to People in February about how shocked his friends were about his fast romance with Woodley. “It was a surprise that they got so close so quickly,” the source said. “I mean, it really felt like one day he was with Danica Patrick, and then suddenly he was with Shailene. It happened super fast.”

“It was so fast that at first, we thought she was just a rebound,” the source continued. “There was no way this could be so serious. Everyone thought it was a casual thing because that’s what he was telling everyone, even when it was clearly not a casual thing.

“Now we realize that it was clearly a lot more serious than they told anyone,” the source added. “All this goes to show that this must be a very special relationship for him and for her. So everyone wishes them happiness.”

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The Only Thing Better Than a New Swimsuit Is One You Got on Sale

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Since we basically skipped summer last year, we plan to double down on everything we missed out on as we enter a post-vaccinated world. Apprehensively. So while we won’t jet off to Portugal with the same joie de vivre we would have in 2019, we do plan to rebuild some semblance of summertime fun. Our starting point? Swimwear. Nothing gets us more excited for beachier days than a new bathing suit, with the exception of a new bathing suit we also got on sale. The best part is that our favorite brands seem to be on clearance simultaneously, with styles from Ganni, Oséree, Solid & Striped, Bottega Veneta, and Frankies all heavily discounted up to 70 percent off. Ahead, 19 of the best to shop right now.

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Plunge Halterneck Swimsuit

Ganni
matchesfashion.com

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Second Wave One-Piece Swimsuit

Madewell
madewell.com

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The Taylor bow-embellished floral-print swimsuit

SOLID & STRIPED
theoutnet.com

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Lumière Metallic Bikini Set

Oséree
cettire.com

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Sunkiss Bikini Top

Medina Swimwear
modaoperandi.com

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Apex One Piece Sale

Jade Swim
jadeswim.com

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Printed halterneck Swimsuit

Emilio Pucci
net-a-porter.com

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Broadway Bikini Top

Marysia
mytheresa.com

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Stiza One Piece

Isabel Marant
shopbop.com

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Walter Mio Ruched Swimsuit

Norma Kamali
net-a-porter.com

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Avalon Bikini Top

Beach Riot
shopbop.com

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Smocked Stretch-Crepe Bandeau Bikini

Lisa Marie Fernandez
theoutnet.com

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Crinkled Stretch-Jersey Halterneck Bodysuit

Bottega Veneta
modaoperandi.com

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Ruched One-Shoulder One-Piece

J.Crew
jcrew.com

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Nova Bottom

Dos Swim
dosswim.com

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Logo Cross Back Rib One-Piece Swimsuit

Off-White
nordstrom.com

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Front Bikini Bottoms

Stone Fox Swim
freepeople.com

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Halo Top

Frankie’s Bikinis
frankiesbikinis.com

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Sailor Puff Sleeve Corset One Piece Swimsuit

Jonathan Simkhai
bloomingdales.com

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