COVID-19: The pandemic pushes women out of the workforce

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on economies, employment and other aspects of society, women are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Some experts are calling it a 'shecession,' and it's reversing some of the progress women have made within the workplace.

Some 275,000 women left the workforce in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
In contrast, the January jobs report shows 71,000 men left the workforce.

One year into the pandemic, almost 2.4 million women are out of the workforce compared to 1.8 million men.

As COVID-19 vaccines are distributed across the country, and the nation hopes for a return to 'normalcy,' will women have a place within the workforce to come back to?

Dr. Caren Goldberg, a Human Resource Management professor says the pandemic exacerbated systemic issues within the workforce that keep women at a disadvantage.

While there are many ways employers could work toward improving their workplace, Goldberg notes, women in leadership roles is a strong place to start. 


The pandemic also changed the dynamic of the traditional workplace.

But sexual harassment remains a key issue for women and their safety.

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