If You Made It from March 2020 to March 2021, Thank an Essential Worker
If you survived the last 12 months, it should go without saying that you should thank an essential worker - and probably more than one. Join us this month as we look back on the last year since the pandemic began, and remember the contributions and sacrifices of our wonderful essential workers.
First of all, essential workers doesn't mean glamourous positions. Sure, healthcare workers like doctors and pharmacists are essential and take home a sizeable paycheck, but food service workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, and grocery checkout clerks are among the lowest paid positions out there - and they kept on working while the world locked down, and it's a darn good thing they did.
In addition to being some of the lowest paid workers, many essential jobs are held disproportionately by women, and by women of color in particular. Take note the next time you're doing your shopping, ordering food, or visiting another business that was deemed essential last March, and thank the women of color for keeping the world running for all of us.
One of the most vital jobs out there is that of the in-home healthcare workers who care for our elderly, ill, and infirm. These essential workers took the ultimate risk, because they absolutely could not stop working. Like other sectors, these home health workers are disproportionately women.
So, next time you think of essential workers, remember that we're not only talking about doctors and nurses - although their contributions are greatly appreciated as well. Essential workers collect your garbage, bag your groceries, deliver your takeout meals, bring your mail and precious Amazon packages, and - relevant to us here at AskPatty - they fix your car!
Please join all of us here at AskPatty to remember our year of quarantine by honoring those workers who kept the world running. To all of our essential workers out there, THANK YOU so much for all you have done, and continue to do!