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The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated recession have significantly affected women’s workforce participation. These impacts have varied from job loss to additional caregiving responsibilities. Black and Hispanic women have been particularly affected, bringing into sharp relief historical gender and racial inequities in the labor market. In order to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession on women's employment, state and local decision makers can use available federal funds to mitigate those impacts while also laying the foundation for longer-term solutions.

This rapid expert consultation identifies strategies that state and local decision makers can use to assist in short-term recovery efforts for women whose employment status and work experiences have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes strategies both for supporting caregiving responsibilities and career development.

This rapid expert consultation was produced through the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN), an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. SEAN links researchers in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences with decision makers to respond to policy questions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is affiliated with the National Academies' Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats. The white papers that informed the development of this rapid expert consultation were commissioned by the National Bureau of Economic Research with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Short-Term Strategies for Addressing the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women's Workforce Participation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26303.

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16 pages | 8.5 x 11 |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/26303

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