individual women of various ages, races Leaders must understand what’s changed for women, the challenges they face, and how to optimize the hiring experience.

It’s no surprise that the pandemic has adversely affected workplace participation for women more than men. Unfortunately, we’re almost two years in and recovery is still very slow — sometimes even completely paused. For example, women experienced no net-new job gains in September of this year, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Since February 2020, women are still short nearly 2.9 million jobs — equalling almost 60% of total job losses.

This change is a big deal. Heading into 2020, women held the majority of jobs, reaching more than 50% for the first time in almost a decade. The reversal in job participation from women has a broad economic impact. Economists estimate that for every 10% increase in women in the workforce there’s a 5% increase in wages for all workers, due to increases in overall labor force productivity.

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