During the COVID-19 pandemic, women, particularly women of color, have been disproportionately affected by the childcare crisis: One in five childcare jobs has vanished since February, according to the National Women's Law Center
. Warren, who has also introduced universal child care legislation
in Congress, pointed out that “childcare was already hard to find before the pandemic.” And now, parents are making the difficult choice of whether to send their children back to school before it's safe while having few childcare options. Warren used her speech as an opportunity to highlight Joe Biden’s plan for childcare
("I love a good plan"), which is very similar to her own; it focuses on free preschool and support for childcare workers. “It's time to recognize that childcare is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation — it's infrastructure for families,” she said.