A return-to-work road map for displaced women

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Leaders offer women practical advice for finding work and championing themselves to prospective employers, even in a rocky economy. Economists have been sounding the alarm about a shecession for nearly a year. (The term was used by C. Nicole Mason of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in a May 2020 New York Times article to describe the economic downturn’s disproportionate effect on working women.) Alas, little progress has been made in addressing the troubling numbers. Read Full Story

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This pandemic isn’t the first time women have left the workforce in droves

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As long as women have been working outside the home, they’ve held a precarious place in the labor force. Over the last year, countless headlines have framed the economic fallout from the pandemic as the first female recession. While overall job losses between men and women now seem relatively comparable , the pandemic has uniquely affected many working women, and especially working mothers. Read Full Story

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Women are leading us through the pandemic. They should be leading our country next

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Women are the majority of critical healthcare workers, grocery clerks, and caregivers while the country is working from home. Those experiences will make them much better leaders. Women lead from wherever they are, and that’s never been more true than during the COVID crisis. Women are on the frontlines. They are t he majority of critical healthcare workers , nurses, and aides. Women make up the majority of essential but low-paid workers serving as our grocery store clerks . And women, like always , are taking on the brunt of work at home to serve the needs of our children and households. Read Full Story

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This is how we fix the gender pay gap

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The pandemic has erased 25 years of progress toward gender equity. But there are tangible solutions companies can take to end unequal pay. Women have been getting paid less than men for as long as women have been doing paid work at all. And the fight for equal pay has been going on for just as long . So why does the pay gap persist? Read Full Story

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Even women in the C-suite are burning out during the pandemic

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In a survey by Chief, a private club for women executives, 70% of women reported taking on more professional responsibilities since the pandemic started. The lagging economic recovery from the pandemic was laid bare in yet another jobs report last week, as hiring rates continue to fall and temporary unemployment becomes permanent for many Americans. One major story of the pandemic-induced recession has been the damage done to working women, hundreds of thousands of whom were forced to drop out of the workforce or have lost their jobs. And a new survey by Chief, a private club for high-powered women, indicates that women in the executive ranks aren’t exempt from the pandemic’s effects. Read Full Story

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The imbalance of labor at home is destroying the American economy

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Women have always done more than their fair share of work at home, and the pandemic has made the problem even worse. Here’s how we can start to fix it before it’s too late. The balance of unpaid work at home for heterosexual women has never been good. Back in 1965 when time-use surveys first started recording the hours dedicated to childcare and housework, they noted that American women were doing almost all of the unpaid work in the home. Read Full Story

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Remote work is the cruel new ally in the War on Working Moms

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The pandemic has reversed decades of progress toward a semblance of gender equity, says this Slack senior director, who is calling on leaders to design more inclusive post-COVID-19 workplaces. There’s been a lot of talk about the “she-cession” these days, as the pandemic has forced millions of women out of the workforce and reversed decades of progress toward a semblance of gender equity. The stats are shocking: A quarter of working women are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce altogether, and satisfaction with remote work among working mothers is half that of working dads . Read Full Story

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Flexible work programs can help retain working women if designed thoughtfully

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Creating more opportunities for remote and highly flexible work is essential—but companies must avoid common pitfalls. We are facing a gender equality crisis. The numbers have made for a steady string of headlines recently: We hit a 33-year low in women’s labor participation in January, and nearly 3 million women have dropped out of the workforce compared to a year ago. Since February 2020, women have lost a net of 5.4 million jobs , accounting for 55% of net job loss in the U.S. during this crisis, despite making up slightly less than half of the workforce. On a net basis, all 140,000 jobs lost in December 2020 in the U.S. belonged to women, and 2.2 million women have left the workforce entirely. Especially impacted are women of color, who comprise a large portion of the workforce in industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic , including hospitality, …

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4 questions every leader needs to be prepared to answer in 2021

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After a year of unprecedented change, the answers job seekers want are much more high stakes. This year has been one of uncertainty and has brought unprecedented change to our work and home lives—or what many of us now call our work-from-home lives. For the organization I work for, InHerSight, which boasts the largest database of women-rated companies, this turbulent year has presented a unique opportunity. Although we’ve always regularly collected proprietary data, we’ve never been able to poll women employees and job seekers in such a rapidly evolving environment, all with the knowledge that how we all work has likely changed forever. Read Full Story

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