Burden of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in the Workforce   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Foreword: "No matter how one looks at the economic data--by race, by sector, by income--the story is the same: the burden of the coronavirus pandemic is falling hardest on women. Without action, the pandemic will likely erase decades of progress for working women, who are now being forced to shoulder the burden of childcare and remote learning. [...] Working women have always had to make difficult choices to balance their careers and their families, but the pandemic has made these decisions nearly impossible. Women, especially women of color, are overrepresented in the industries that have been hit hardest by COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], such as food service, retail, and health care. In corporate America, as many as two million women are considering leaving the workforce, due to childcare responsibilities. A longstanding lack of globally competitive family policy compounds some employers' reluctance to make necessary adjustments for working parents now. [...] Without a response and recovery effort that focuses on women and families, the glaring disparities between men and women in the workplace are likely to deepen and last for generations. To restore our economy and maximize our economic potential, we need a recovery plan that supports working women and families."

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