Since the onset of COVID, existing workplace gender inequities have metastasized, causing women to shoulder the load of the increased stress brought on by the pandemic.

“I don’t work at home, I live at work.” How many women have come to feel that way during the COVID-19 pandemic? How many have left the workforce as a result?

The exodus of women from the American workforce since COVID began has been the stuff of jaw-dropping headlines: 4.5 million fewer women working than 12 months ago; 617,000 women left the workforce in September, compared to 78,000 men; half the women who’ve departed are between the prime working ages of 35 to 44. Women of color have been disproportionately affected. It’s unprecedented.

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