COVID pandemic forces millions of working women into “impossible” roles
The unemployment crisis sparked by the global coronavirus pandemic has delivered an unprecedented blow to women in the United States — hitting women of color particularly hard. Dr. Nicole Mason, President and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research says that’s largely due in part to their “over-representation” in service sector-based jobs — an area that has suffered the greatest impact since the pandemic’s start.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for women in April was 16.2%, while the unemployment rate for men was 13.5. Those numbers come as a stark contrast to pre-COVID job rates and the first time an economic spiral has affected women, who were making job gains up until the crisis hit.
“The reason why women, women of color have been disproportionately impacted by the number of job losses over the last few months is because …continued .
[Source: CBS News]