Women are essential to the economy – let’s treat them that way
- COVID-19 has exacerbated existing gender gaps.
- 1 in 3 jobs held by women has been designated “essential” – yet women have faced disproportionately high unemployment along with additional childcare responsibilities.
- As economies reopen, policymakers must address structural inequities in essential industries that are anchored by a female workforce.
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed much about the nature of work in the world – and the important yet undervalued role of women in it.
Prior to the pandemic, essential workers – many of them women – provided critical services that often went unnoticed. According to a New York Times analysis, in the United States, 1 in 3 jobs held by women has been designated as essential. In addition, non-white women are more likely to be doing essential jobs than anyone else. The work they do has…