The downturn triggered by the COVID-19 crisis has taken an unprecedented toll on women, specifically women of color. Compared to past recessions, the pandemic has created larger job losses for women than ever before. Women in America have endured a decades-long childcare and workforce support crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has simply brought the role of women in the US workforce into stark relief. In recent months, due to job loss and/or lack of childcare, women have been forced out of the workforce in droves. If left unmitigated, this “shecession” could jeopardize hard-fought advances in the labor force.
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