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More women than men are getting COVID vaccines, even as more men are dying of the disease. KHN examined vaccination dashboards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia in early April and found that each of the 38 that listed gender breakdowns showed more women had received shots than men. Public health experts cited many reasons for the difference, including that women make up three-quarters of the workforce in health care and education, sectors prioritized for initial vaccines. Also, women of all age groups, races and ethnicities generally use health services more than men — which is one reason they live longer. Read more»

A little-discussed part of the American Rescue Plan, the latest pandemic relief bill, would expand the size and availability of the child tax credit, which could cover as many as 1.5 million kids in Arizona. But the biggest change would turn it from a tax credit, that comes at tax time, to a direct monthly payment to parents.

The pandemic shut down child care centers across the country. It’s no coincidence that it also sent unemployment rates soaring among women, especially those with young children. The unusual events of the last year broadly expanded the number of women facing child care crises, but this problem predated COVID-19, fueled by racial inequity and the gender wage gap. Read more»