Minnesota group aims to help rural women support each other

A woman in a mask feeds two babies.
Child care worker Suoa Vang feeds two infants lunch at Catholic Charities Northside Child Development Center in Minneapolis on Feb. 5.
Evan Frost | MPR News file

Many women — especially caregivers — have struggled during the pandemic as they try to juggle work, family and their personal health. That burden can be even heavier for women in rural areas. 

According to a 2020 report from the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, more than half of female workers paid at or below the minimum wage live in rural areas. They have too few child care and elder care options, a shortage of jobs, less access to healthy food options and they are more likely to struggle to make ends meet, the report found.

An organization in Minnesota is hoping to organize rural women to support each other and work toward long term solutions. Host Cathy Wurzer spoke with the founder of 100 Rural Women, Teresa Kittridge. The group has been hosting a series of meetings throughout the state.

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