Women in the workforce in 2021: It will take all of us lifting each other up
Shift the conversation in 2021 to be about solutions to the massive women workforce exodus in 2020
Am I the only one feeling that, the news in 2020 was mostly, Covid related, business closures, the stock market, the many elections and the countless conspiracy theories?
I’m hopeful we can shift the conversation in 2021 to be about solutions to the massive women workforce exodus in 2020, the drivers that explain why the burden of the pandemic falls disproportionately on women, and the resources that can help women return to the workforce in one capacity or another, as soon as possible.
If there are no opportunities we need to help create them!
For most women, leaving the workforce in 2020, was not a choice. In the US, according to the National Women’s Law Center all the job losses in that country in December were women’s jobs. In Europe, the European Commission published a report stating that women are particularly vulnerable to labor markets changes brought about by the crisis. And the news around the world is no better with, UNWomen publishing in 2020 a slay of articles about the toll of all these job losses on women all over the world.
On top of these forced job loses, some women find themselves in the difficult position of having to make the choice to leave the workforce due to childcare and homeschooling responsibilities, mental health, and burnout. The 6th Women in the Workplace study highlighted that the strain of the Covid pandemic on families is making 1 in 4 women in the US, at all levels of management, consider whether to downshift their careers or quit their jobs altogether.
Blending work and life is not easy when you are working full time and living life full time.
There’s plenty of data on what impact the Covid pandemic had on families. Now it’s time we amplify this information and share, as wide as we can, the resources we come across, that may help families deal with the different challenges they are facing.
When you are stressed and anxious you don’t always have the capacity to clearly seek help. More than ever we need to share resources with those that might need them so that families can see a way out for themselves. Whether the resources they need are financial, health, addiction or mental related. We never know the difficulties each family is going through but never before were we able to so conclusively assume that everyone needs compassion and a helping hand right now.
In 2020 I was blessed in many ways and I’ve also struggled like most people. I have felt many of the pressures described in these reports but I have been privileged, compared to many.
I’m in the habit of supporting all women that are around me but in 2021 I’m committed to helping one woman, whom I don’t know, each month in any way I can. It might not be much, but it’s a start.
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