Women Face Special Burden

Photo Credit: The New York Times

Photo Credit: The New York Times

Mia Couture

American women face short-term obstacles and long-term consequences. The coronavirus pandemic  created a rare “one-two-three punch” for millions of working people. 

 

The places hit hardest by this were those dominated by women. Restaurants, retail companies and health care. Then a second surge, another area where women outnumber men, started to take out local and state government jobs. 

 

The third and final “punch” was closing child care centers and moving onto remote schooling. That gave working mothers 10x the amount of household chores they had, even more than fathers.

 

“We’ve never seen this before,” said Betsey Stevenson, a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan.  Recessions usually begin by taking the manufacturing and construction industries, where most of the jobs are run by men. 

 

The “one, two, three punch” not only takes multiple jobs from women, but it also stops them from finding new ones.