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The Pandemic and Women in the Workforce

Thursday, October 1, 2020TOPICS: Changemaker

begin quoteEconomic impact is definitely real, but quantifying it is near impossible at this point

More women are facing unemployment than men since the pandemic. It’s a fact that Dr. Silvia Mah spoke to on Sept. 25 to Lauren Coronado on NBC 7 San Diego. If you missed it, check out this segment online where she said:

Dr. Silvia Mah, Ph.D., an ecosystem developer and Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego, says the economic impact is definitely real, but quantifying it is near impossible at this point.

“Before COVID the gender pay gap was 81 cents to the dollar,” Mah said. “We don’t know right now what the gap is, because COVID is just about six months, we don’t know the exact numbers.”

Mah is optimistic new job structures will help preserve the progress made for women in the workforce.

“I do see an upswing in the economy,” Mah said.

It is hard to know how and in which ways our society will rebuild after this pandemic. We remain optimistic in part because we work with the leaders of tomorrow - students. We have witnessed these students and social innovators taking on the challenges of our time to bring about lasting and more equitable change. We’ll continue to read, watch, analyze, learn and adjust to better serve this community. When you know better, you can do better. And we must, because equality can’t wait. 

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