ABC7’s Sandra Bookman will host a town hall, Our America: Women Forward in the Workforce on March 16th. The exclusive event will be available to stream on ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites and connected TV Apps.

What’s Happening:

  • ABC Owned Television Stations will present a one-hour streaming town hall, Our America: Women Forward in the Workforce tomorrow Tuesday, March 16 (1:00-2:00 pm EDT)
  • The town hall discussion will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women in the workforce.
  • ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Sandra Bookman hosts the exclusive stream-only town hall.
  • This program serves as an extended conversation of the previously aired ABC Owned Television Stations hourlong documentary, Our America: Women Forward, which celebrates women across the country, sharing their stories of perseverance, hope and triumph.

About the Our America: Women Forward in the Workforce Town Hall

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 2.1 million women have left the labor market. It was reported that by fall 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic had forced women, particularly women of color, out of the workforce at a rate four times higher than men.
  • Women are making tough choices to leave the workforce to care for their children who are at home and require homeschooling.
  • Bookman brings together a panel of experts to address growing workforce issues among women and to answer questions about remote working challenges, employment rights, mental health issues, school and childcare challenges for mothers.
  • The panel will share resources that can aid women looking for new business opportunities or looking to restart their careers.
  • Viewers are encouraged to submit their questions in advance.

Panelists Include:

  • Dr. Rachel Busman – Senior director Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute. She will discuss mental health issues women are facing, signs that children are struggling and why self-care is important.
  • Angela Reddock-Wright – Labor and employment attorney, who will discuss legal aspects of employees’ rights during the pandemic and in relation to companies accommodating remote work.
  • Felicia Davis – CEO and president, Chicago Foundation for Women, will address the importance of equitable pay, government policies that will help women and their families succeed, and resources to support small businesses and women.
  • Letha Muhammad – Director, Education Justice Alliance, who will address inequities in schools, challenges with remote learning and finding childcare.
  • Beth Finkel – NY State Director for AARP will share resources and provide tips to women in their mid-40s trying to re-enter the workforce.

 Where to Watch:

Sign up for Disney+ or the Disney Streaming Bundle (Disney+, ESPN+, and ad-supported Hulu) now