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There’s no vaccine for the female recession

hirteen months ago, the pandemic brought our state to a screeching halt. There were scrambles to get masks, toilet paper shortages, school closures, and lots and lots of cancelations. Everything around us went quiet and remote. 

It wasn’t until months later that we started to see the first signs that something bigger was going on beyond the pandemic. In September 2020 alone, 865,000 women left the workforce as another school year became inconsistent and unpredictable (and still is). Thirty-three million childcare workers went offline and still haven’t come back as we pass the one year mark of working from home. 

On top of the health and safety concerns that came with a pandemic, women suddenly faced a unique and extremely complicated set of circumstances. The delicate balance between work and home responsibilities collapsed. They had to figure out how to be employees, team members, leaders, and contributors all while managing childcare, remote learning, mental health, and the constant fluctuations of these and more.

But the impact spreads even deeper. During the pandemic, men got three times as many promotions as women. Nearly half of all women in tech feel their career has been delayed because of the pandemic. 75 percent of women in tech cannot mentally consider taking a new job at a new company right now, and 25 percent of women have considered leaving the workforce completely. 

These key indicators, collectively and individually, show that what started as a pandemic has become a female recession. It threatens to hold women back from their previous working levels, potential and successes by making it more difficult, challenging, and overwhelming to do what was once more simple and accessible. It’s dragged us back to 1988.

Continue reading: https://www.utahbusiness.com/no-vaccine-for-the-female-recession/

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