By Eric Galatas

LINCOLN, Neb. — Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, women in Nebraska and across the U.S. have left the workforce in unprecedented numbers. And a new report suggests a full economic recovery will not be possible unless steps are taken to help women get back on the job.

Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, said the lack of access to child care has forced women to choose between their families’ well-being and a paycheck. She said for a recovery that leaves no one behind, people who have been disproportionately affected need to be front and center.

“Women of color, low-wage workers, women in rural areas are most impacted by this COVID-fueled economic downturn,” Mason said. “These are women who worked in service occupations, were earning lower wages, had fewer benefits and are really struggling to get by.”

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