The Secret Success Of Women In STEM Jobs In 2020
There’s a little-known fact about the pandemic-economic recession’s impact on women. We’ve heard this crisis referred to as a “She-cession” because women lost over 5 million jobs in this recession, about 55% of all job losses. That’s because most of the jobs lost were in retail and hospitality establishments that had to close to try to stop the spread of the pandemic, jobs that are disproportionately held by women.
But, as Ariane Hegewisch, Program Director for Employment and Earnings at the Institute for Women’s Economic Research told me on my podcast recently, that only tells half the story. She said the pandemic “split women into two groups: those who work with the public and have to work outside the home,” such as those in retail and hospitality that were lost in the business closures.