Will COVID-19’s Impact on Working Women Outlast Pandemic? – NJBIA – New Jersey Business & Industry Association

Will COVID-19’s Impact on Working Women Outlast Pandemic? – NJBIA – New Jersey Business & Industry Association

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women, who are 39% of the global workforce but represent 54% of all pandemic-related job losses. 

According to AllBusiness.com, women are most likely to work in the industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic: hospitality, travel and tourism, and retail. Many women have also had to leave jobs or reduce hours because they have a disproportionate share of family caregiving responsibilities that have increased due to the closure of daycares and schools. 

“Since many employers can’t afford to keep a full staff, and women are taking leave to stay home and care for their families, they are often the first furloughed or laid off,” writes Michele Ruiz, CEO of BiasSync, a science-based technology platform to measure, assess, train, and mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace. 

Ruiz noted that when Covid-19 began last March, women held more jobs than men for the first time since 2010. One year later, however, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women have lost 1 million more jobs than men during the pandemicSome economics predict that COVID-19 has set back women’s advancement in the workplace by a whole generation. 

The challenge for companies who have worked hard to hire, retain, and promote women in their organizations in recent years is how to avoid making a bad situation worse.  As vaccines become more readily available and more schools and business reopen, employers should take proactive steps to mitigate gender bias post-COVID, Ruiz said. 

 Ruiz shared four suggestions from a recent Harvard Business School article:  

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