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Status Of Missouri Women | Pandemic Pet Ownership | A Fan's Notes

After months of debate about whether it's safe to reopen schools, some Kansas City area students are headed back to school in person this week. Others will start the school year virtually, presenting a challenge for many working parents.
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The pandemic has highlighted the lack of accredited child care in Missouri, which can force women to leave the workforce to be home with their children.

Missouri women with the talent and skills to lead remain on the sidelines because of unnecessary obstacles, how the pandemic has affected people adopting and giving up pets, and the lessons learned from this most unusual year in sports.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:27: When affordable child care is scarce, it's moms who have to choose between work and family.

Women in Missouri continue to make only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. That means, even when mother and father are working, women are most likely to leave the work force. Disparities in health care, government representation and leadership positions in the Show-Me State only compounds the problem.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:33: Pandemic pet adoptions are continuing into the holiday season, even as some pet owners struggle to feed them.

Hear advice for those thinking of rescuing a shelter animal this winter, and learn about resources for those on the brink of having to surrender their pets.

Segment 3, beginning at 48:21: A look back at how athletes and fans have responded to the challenges of 2020.

The sports year started with the biggest of wins for Kansas City football, before becoming a test of character for our sports heroes and ourselves.

  • Victor Wishna, editor, playwright and sports fan
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
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Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.