Stevenson: Women’s Employment Has Fallen off a Pandemic Cliff

September 15, 2020

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U-M Ford School of Public Policy professor of economics and public policy and former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor Betsey Stevenson discusses in a Here and Now podcast episode the plummeting employment rate for women due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stevenson notes that the unemployment rate is higher for women than it is for men, calling it a “gendered shutdown.” She further notes that as companies disproportionately employed women, the recovery process for women will depend on the future choices of childcare policies.

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