The pandemic has taken a greater toll on the health and lives of marginalized communities. It’s also taken a greater toll on the professional lives of women. After a decade of momentum, women in the workforce have lost ground this year. 

Many have left voluntarily in response to the pandemic. There are two main reasons for this, both centering on children across the country being asked to learn remotely. Without school or other childcare available, households are reverting to traditional roles, with mothers assuming the bulk of parenting. And in many households, the man still earns more, so if someone is going to stop working it will be the woman. According to CNN, 617,000 women left the U.S. workforce this past September, compared with only 78,000 men. 

In December numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 156,000 women lost…

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