Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen Fights for Workplace Equality. Covid-19 Makes That Job Harder.

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Chip Cutter | 27 September 2020

It’s been three years since the #MeToo movement ignited a global reckoning with sexual harassment and discrimination against women, while toppling entertainment moguls, CEOs and other leaders.

Now, Covid-19 is complicating efforts to create more-equitable workplaces, says Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama and a lawyer who is now president and chief executive of Time’s Up Now, the advocacy organization founded by women in Hollywood to combat harassment and discrimination, and its related foundation.

Whether working from home or in the workplace, women are shouldering more of the burden for child care as many schools and day-care facilities remain closed, Ms. Tchen says, and the strain is forcing many to drop out of the workforce.

“We’ve had a pandemic, a health-care crisis, an economic crisis, a racial-justice crisis,” Ms. Tchen says. “We now have a caregiving crisis.”

Ms. Tchen recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal by phone from Chicago. Here are edited excerpts of the conversation.