As we look ahead to Mother’s Day this Sunday, it’s a perfect time to stop and remember the women in our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionally impacted women. They are more highly represented in caregiver roles, both in the family and in the workforce. These days, they are often carrying heavier loads with children at home and elderly family members needing extra support. Many women are also the doctors, nurses, personal care workers, cleaners, shelter workers and first responders on the front line of the health services we are so dependent on at this time.
Sadly, the number of low income single moms turning to food banks has gone up since the pandemic, as well as the calls to services responding to violence against women. Now more than ever, it’s the time to look around and notice the people in our midst who might be struggling or just need a little boost. A small gesture could make all the difference.
My office hoped to celebrate mothers across Bay Ward with our yearly Mother’s Day Tea, but physical distancing requires that we cancel the event this year. So this Sunday, instead of gatherings why don’t we all make an extra effort for the special women in our lives.