Women have borne the brunt of the upheaval caused by the pandemic for two main reasons: devastation to industries employing a high concentration of women, and the additional childcare duties created by the closure of schools and daycare facilities.
According to the National Women's Law Center, women have lost 5.4 million jobs since the pandemic began and women participating in the labor force is at its lowest since 1988.
The unemployment rate for women ages 20 and over is still more than 1.8 times higher than their pre-pandemic unemployment rate of 3.1% in February 2020. Black women and Latinas continue to be hit particularly hard by the economic crisis: nearly 1 in 11 Black women ages 20 and over (8.7%) and nearly 1 in 13 Latinas (7.3%) were unemployed last month.
We need to ensure this kind of disproportionate disenfranchising of women never happens again. That means, at the most basic level, working toward a more equitable society where men and women share equal responsibilities and expectations for housework and childcare.
But that also means more opportunities for women in fields where remote work is not an impossibility. The lower the pay for a job, the more overrepresented women are as employees. Closing this gap is key to closing the wage gap for all women, and that work must carry on. Please continue reading below to find out how Tri-Valley Haven is helping to empower women and families in the Tri-Valley area.