International Women's Day on March 8th, 2021, is a day for celebrating the achievements of women around the globe. Women are becoming driving forces in medicine, science, business and sectors all across the board. But as we appreciate how far we have come, we should also pause to reflect on the significant impact of COVID-19's economic fallout on Women in the workplace.
According to the Women in the Workplace 2020 report by McKinsey & Company, the pandemic has brought more challenges to women, often forcing them out of the workforce. They include:
To read more about the Women in the Workplace report, click here.
While this report is focused on American women, it offers us a perspective on the challenges Canadian women are experiencing in the workplace. As students and educators, we must be aware of the factors that affect and disempower our communities' women.
Before we even ran into the wall that was COVID-19, the Canadian Women's Foundation reported according to the 2016 Candian Census:
Not only are women facing extreme pay gaps in comparison to me, they traditionally tend to more home care and child care tasks. Considering the economic dangers of COVID-19 for women, we must make a considerable effort to help women regain their place in the workforce. We can offer more social assistance to help with childcare, education on wage parity, and a concerted effort to surrounding the stigma around hiring women of colour.