Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The 117th Congress is sworn in with Nancy Pelosi at the top, Argentina legalizes abortion and we ask: Do working women have a chance of recovery in 2021? Go get you Monday.
– Good intentions. Before the Flyers broke before our vacation, we had a big question: what awaits working women in 2021?
2020 was a year that devastated the female workforce like no other, with 2.2 million women forced to leave their jobs in the US due to unequal economic crises and unprecedented care responsibilities.
Well, now 2021 has arrived. Do women have a chance of recovery?
To answer that question, we turned to six experts to make their predictions. Each had a unique view – one more optimistic than the other – from their specific place working in this space.
Melinda Gates, who has become an outspoken advocate for the need to resolve the health care crisis in the United States, called for policies to address these pressing issues, with a few predictions depending on the direction lawmakers are taking: “If Ignoring these needs will deepen the recession and slow recovery for all. If we recognize that healthcare is infrastructure and invest in it accordingly, women may be able to save our economy. ”
C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, warns that the economic recovery for women in 2021 will not be rapid.
Jasmine Tucker, research director of the National Women’s Law Center, spends some of her time gathering the country’s workforce. With that viewpoint, Tucker offers an even more rigorous reality check: “There are two people looking for work for each job opening, so employers will be picky about who they hire. I hate to think this is true, but we have it over and over again. “Employers are racist, sexist and ageless. They are not going to hire the women of color, or they are going to hire them for the lower-paid job. Older women may not return to the labor market at all.”
Rachel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of LeanIn.org, has discovered that remote working can harm women in one way: by “creating two classes of workers.” “Those who don’t have many caring responsibilities and get a lot of time with managers, and those who do have caring responsibilities – mostly women – who can ultimately pay for remote work with fewer opportunities, less time with senior leaders and fewer opportunities to move forward,” she warns.
Read more experts’ forecasts for 2021 here. These predictions may not be rosy, but they are crucial to keep in mind as companies and policymakers determine the next stage of economic recovery – and whether or not we’ll be leaving women behind this year.