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The Pandemic's Devastating Toll on Women

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 October 2020 04:53 PM

The term “stay-at-home moms” has morphed into “stuck-at-home-moms” as the pandemic forces thousands of wage-earning mothers to leave their jobs to keep the home fires burning. History shows that pandemics affect women more than men in several ways. Women are more likely to shoulder domestic responsibilities including care of the sick. They are also at increased risk for domestic violence and economic instability.

More women are employed in the sectors with the most layoffs such as hospitality, travel, education, and retail and many have had to quit part-time work because of lockdowns. According to TIME, two-thirds of restaurant workers who depend on tips for income are women and most do not have paid leave.

Kathy Miller Perkins a leading coach, consultant and contributor to Forbes, writes that while the pandemic has affected all employees, working mothers are most affected because they are three times more likely to be responsible for household labor than their male partners. The McKinsey survey found that employers are not adjusting their expectations to consider the increased workload faced by working moms.

According to NPR, approximately 865,000 women left the U.S. workforce in September. That is four times more than men. Even though women have made great strides in the workplace over the years, the pandemic has left them exhausted from the demands of taking care of their families and jobs.

This exodus from the workforce has set women back at least a generation, say experts, with the number working women down to levels not seen since 1988.

Although more women than men are enrolled in medical and law schools, the gender pay gap still exists. Women make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to NPR, so when economic decisions are made, the “mom penalty” applies and they are the ones who step back.

These factors reverse years of gains women have made in the workplace and reduce the chances of “women breaking the glass ceiling and becoming future leaders in society,” according to NPR.

“The problem is that we have a lot of evidence that when you take time out of the labor force, it can be very difficult to get back in,” said Martha Gimbel, a labor economist. “And the other aspect of this is you are not then making progress in your career. You are not getting promoted. You are not building out skills and experience that will cause future employers to pay you more money.”

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The term "stay-at-home moms" has morphed into "stuck-at-home-moms" as the pandemic forces thousands of wage-earning mothers to leave their jobs to keep the home fires burning...
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