How To Keep Women In The Workforce During The Pandemic
Monday, September 28, 2020
We may be losing some of our best leaders to caregiving duties, and the pandemic is sending us backwards when it comes to gender equality.
Women’s careers often take a backseat when caregiving duties rise, and women are more vulnerable to job loss during an economic downturn. The research shows that pandemic is hitting women hard on both fronts.
Women are more than twice as likely as men to say they handle more than 50% of the caregiving and education responsibilities and 34% of working families are still without childcare coverage, according to Cleo’s State of Working Parents Study. A recent FlexJobs survey reports that 80% of working mothers said they took the lead on remote learning versus 31% of working fathers, and 40% of working parents have quit or reduced their hours since the pandemic began.