Coronavirus Employment Shock Hits Women Harder Than Men

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By Sarah Chaney and Lauren Weber

Women also are likely to find themselves at a disadvantage once lockdown measures are eased and companies start rehiring staff. The reason: Thousands of day-care facilities have shut down, which will make it hard for many mothers to leave home.

“You’re out of a job. You’re also without care for your kids, making it difficult to look for another job,” said Nicole Mason, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Women also clock more hours of household chores and child care than men, especially among the unemployed. Jobless women spend more than eight hours a day on unpaid household and care work, compared with less than three hours for men, according to a study by the institute.

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