The COVID recession hit women much harder than men, and will compound women’s lifetime economic disadvantage.
- lost more jobs than men – almost 8 per cent at the peak of the crisis, compared to 4 per cent for men;
- shouldered more of the increase in unpaid work – including supervising children learning remotely – taking on an extra hour each day more than men, on top of their existing heavier load; and
- were less likely to get government support – JobKeeper excluded short-term casuals, who in the hardest-hit industries are mostly women.
The faster-than-expected economic recovery and school re-openings have helped improve the outlook for women, but unemployment and underemployment remain too high, especially for vulnerable groups such as single parents, who are mostly women.
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