COVID-19 has brought about significant shifts in labor patterns and working arrangements — especially for women. Whether they’re working from home, outside the home or have recently become unemployed, women’s ability to juggle multiple tasks – from work, to housekeeping, to childcare and supervision — has been put to the test.
So, between February 25 and March 24, we conducted a survey targeting working or recently unemployed mothers. We asked them about their occupation, the number of children in their care and the influence of the pandemic on their lives. The survey also inquired about any changes in the amount of their domestic and childcare duties; how those changes have influenced their working hours; how much help they receive from other family members; and what they feel would significantly improve their current situation. Additionally, we asked female professionals from various fields — from teachers to CEOs — about their experiences and challenges during the pandemic.
73% of Women Who Lost Their Job Point to Lack of Support in the Face of Mounting Childcare Duties
Prior to the pandemic, women represented 46% of workers in the U.S. Similarly, according to a study commissioned by American Express, women-owned businesses made up 42% of all businesses in 2019. However, throughout 2020, women’s positions within the labor market were undermined by the strong disruptive forces set in motion by COVID-19. In fact, estimations made by the McKinsey…