What will happen to women of color in the COVID-19 workforce?

Jun 9, 2022
“In almost every single state, the first person to be vaccinated was a woman of color,” says the 19th’s economy reporter Chabeli Carrazana.
A registered nurse vaccinates an 83-year-old woman at her home in Manchester, Connecticut, in February 2021.
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Limited abortion access could threaten women's role in the economy

May 4, 2022
The expected decision means more people will be forced to continue unplanned pregnancies, which can make it harder to find or keep a job.
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, more pregnant people will be unable to work, which could have larger economic ramifications.
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The she-cession and she-flation are colliding

Apr 14, 2022
It could affect women's wallets and their participation in the labor market.
For women, the effects of inflation are hitting hard. Women do most household shopping, and their products are often priced higher than comparable items bought by men.
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"There will always be a need for donor milk,” says leader of a milk bank

Feb 17, 2022
Donated breast milk helps nonlactating mothers provide nutrition to their babies. But the supply is down, and the need is urgent.
The distribution of breast milk, which is perishable, has been disrupted by supply chain problems. Milk banks have called for more women to donate, especially to help vulnerable infants.
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Role reversal at home has allowed her photo studio to grow during the pandemic

Feb 10, 2022
When her husband started working from home, Liz Hansen was able to spend more time at her boudoir-style photography business.
A Paycheck Protection Program loan helped Liz Hansen keep her Chicago Boudoir Photography studio afloat during the early pandemic shutdown.
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Omicron creates uncertainty for women's labor participation rate

Dec 27, 2021
There are 2.3 million fewer women working now than before the pandemic.
The omicron variant could lead to another wave of women having to leave the workforce.
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Could hybrid work hold women back?

Dec 6, 2021
Because women are more likely to take advantage of workplace flexibility, journalist Emily Peck says they could be put on the "mommy track."
"That's the worry, that the women who take advantage of this new workplace flexibility will wind up in the same old mommy track," argues Emily Peck, who wrote about how working from home could hold women back professionally.
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Long-term unemployment a challenge for women over 40

Sep 30, 2021
An AARP report shows nearly 70% of those unemployed in June had been out of work for six months or more.
Among women age 40 to 65 who were surveyed for an AARP report, more than 40% had experienced a job interruption during the pandemic.
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Machiavelli’s lessons for women in the workforce

Sep 7, 2021
An excerpt from “Machiavelli for Women,” a new book by NPR’s Stacey Vanek Smith.
Italian statesman, writer and political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli, circa 1510. In a new book, NPR’s Stacey Vanek Smith applies the lessons of Machiavelli’s “The Prince” to women in 21st century workplaces.
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Some working moms are once again at risk of leaving their jobs

Aug 31, 2021
Kelli LaFont and Lauren Pyle both know they, not their husbands, will stay home if their children are exposed to COVID-19.
Uncertainty over the future of working mothers is once again growing.
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