The existing gender pay gap has increased in the wake of the pandemic. Not only do women earn less than their male colleagues, but they are also disproportionately charged with looking after children and sick family members. Since the pandemic started, men have lost a total of 4.4 million jobs while women have lost 5.4 million. That number is only expected to increase as COVID-19 cases increase nationwide, leading to greater economic losses as businesses and childcare facilities have to stay closed to stop the spread. In addition, data compiled by Brookings found that more women than men were employed in low-paying jobs. Further reports suggest that the majority of black and brown women lost their jobs in December, while white women made significant gains.
According to the ReportsThis is partly due to people of color who work in sectors that often do not have sick leave or can work from home, including restaurants and retail outlets. These companies are also hardest hit by the pandemic. When schools and day-care centers closed, many women of color had to choose between work and parenting.
The lack of childcare has affected the ability of many women to both keep jobs and return to work. “These sectors are less flexible. When employers are inflexible or women cannot get to work due to caring responsibilities, they have to retire,” said C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, told CNN. In December, black women had an employment rate of 8.4%, 3% more than white women. For Latinas, the unemployment rate was even higher at 9.1%. Both black women and Latin Americans each had an unemployment rate higher than the national average of 6.7%.
“Four times as many women as men left the labor force in September, approximately 865,000 women compared to 216,000 men.” the center for American progress According to the study, the estimated risk of working mothers leaving the workforce to take on responsibilities at home was “$ 64.5 billion per year in lost wages and economic activity.”
This data reflects the cold truth that not only exists Colored people are more likely to suffer from COVID-19 But financially, they are also hardest hit by the pandemic. As the unemployment rate for women of the same color rises, so does the gender and racist work gap. At the current rate, future generations will suffer economically from the consequences of unemployment and the inability of the current administration to deal with COVID-19. Until systematic change is made at all levels, people of color will continue to face disproportionately high problems than their white counterparts, and women of color will continue to suffer the worst.