Professor Catherine Powell‘s expert opinion on the disproportionate ways the pandemic affects Black and Brown women was quoted in Forbes.
Hot off the press is the sixth annual report from McKinsey and LeanIn on women in the workplace: one of every four women is “considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce due to Covid-19.” Other studies show that among parents with young children, mothers have lost four to five times more work hours than have fathers. And in September, four times as many women as men lost jobs.
Indeed, in the words of Fordham Law School Professor Catherine Powell, the pandemic is laying “bare underlying structural inequalities facing communities of color.” Black women appear to be even more likely than others to consider stepping back from their work because of the pandemic. Single mothers, “who are disproportionately Black and Brown,” find it even more challenging to balance their responsibilities at work and at home.