Prepared by SimpliFed Team Members Claire Dowell and Michelle Wang
The role of women in the workforce has been evolving for decades now. Decades after the integration of women into the workforce, gender parity still remains out of reach. The issue does not lie with lack of education or even opportunity, but retention after childbirth. In addition, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in millions of job losses, and the majority of those out of work are women. It is vital that equality in the workforce is a priority in this economic recovery. This paper explores the causes and consequences of women’s declining role in the workforce, as well as ways to build the workforce back in a more equitable way.