The overwhelming response offers a glimpse at how Brazilian women — particularly mothers — have been disproportionally sidelined by the crisis.
Worldwide, as schools remain closed, many mothers juggle fewer work hours with homeschooling and household duties.
Brazil is battling a brutal resurgence in COVID-19 cases, making it one of the hardest-hit countries in the world.
But just a month after Sao Paulo hired the women in mid-February, the city closed its schools again on March 15.
This is partly due to Brazilian women facing worse labor choices or requiring flexible hours to raise their children, particularly since public schools provide only half days of classes.