The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew.


Professor Catherine Powell’s scholarship on the pandemic and the effects the pandemic has had specifically on women was quoted in an article in The New York Times Magazine.

At the same time, just over half of essential workers, who have continued working outside the home at risk to their health, are women, and disproportionately women of color. An article in Think Global Health by the scholar Catherine Powell, a law professor at Fordham, described a “racial-justice paradox” in which Black and brown Americans are “more likely to be unemployed due to the impacts of the pandemic on the labor market,” but are simultaneously “overrepresented among essential workers who must stay in their jobs, particularly lower-skilled positions, where they are at greater risk of exposure to the virus.” This paradox has cost thousands of people their lives.

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