Women’s Equality Day: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Female Workforce

As we observe Women’s Equality Day in 2021, it’s necessary to take stock of the state of women in the workforce.

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities along both gender and ethnic lines. While non-whites were hit harder by the health effects of the crisis, women were severely impacted in the workplace.

It didn’t take long for analysts to uncover the reason why many women left the workforce. The fact is, the responsibility for child care still falls disproportionately to the feet of women. Many women also worked in frontline jobs that saw them laid off, furloughed or forced to quit due to the dangers of what a day of work could mean for their health and family. Consequently, millions of women exited the workforce at a rapid pace.

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