Gig economy has been lifesaver for women — let’s not force them into traditional workforce
It is widely known that the COVID-19 pandemic impacted women and minorities disproportionately on nearly every level.
Women, particularly women of color, saw approximately a million more job losses than men nationwide, as well as reduced hours, due to the pandemic’s impact on the economy. As of December 2020, nearly 40% of unemployed women had been out of work for six months or longer, and more than two in five of the 12.1 million women’s jobs lost between February and April 2020 have not yet returned.
We also know that the responsibility of child care, home schooling and taking care of unwell or elderly family members often falls on the woman as well, exacerbating the stress caused by potential job loss. Here in New Jersey, COVID-19 has driven some parents with young children — predominantly mothers — out of the workforce and reduced affordable…