The letter includes NBA star Steph Curry, former NFL player Victor Cruz, actors Don Cheadle and Colin Farrell, craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang.
“When more than 30 years of progress for women in the workforce can be erased in 9 months, the underlying system is broken. It’s time to create a new structure that works for women, that respects and values their labor,” the letter reads. “Men have a role to play. As partners and fathers we need to start doing our share at home. Studies show we are failing.”
Along with stimulus checks to moms, the Marshall Plan for Moms — proposed by Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani — calls on the Biden administration to pass policies like paid family leave and pay equity and retraining programs for women to return to work.
The proposal also calls for plans to safely reopen schools five days a week and a task force to implement the Marshall Plan for Moms.
The Covid pandemic has continued to exacerbate inequalities in America’s economy, including a large gender gap. Industries that employ a lot of women, such as hospitality, education and retail, are faring worse during the pandemic and have seen steep job losses. Women also are more likely to take on care responsibilities in the home.
Women ended 2020 holding 860,000 fewer jobs than their male peers, when men and women had started the year on roughly equal footing, with women holding about 50.03% of jobs.
Saujani told CNN last month that it could take decades to get women back to making up over 50% of the labor market participation if there’s no comprehensive plan to get women back to work.
Asked if she’s heard from the Biden administration, Saujani replied, “I know Joe Biden cares about mothers. This is an issue that he cares about personally, and so I have no doubt that this administration will do the right thing and put together a Marshall Plan for mothers.”
The Marshall Plan is in reference to the post World War II US program, named for Secretary of State George Marshall, that gave massive amounts of aid to Western European countries.
CNN’s Annalyn Kurtz contributed to this report.