Before COVID-19, Corporate America Shortchanged Black Women $50 Billion Annually: Why All Women Should Care

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Women, people of color and an intersection of the two groups—Black women—will inevitably be overrepresented among the current glut of jobless Americans. Pictured: Thousands participated in two marches, The March for Racial Justice and The March for Black Women, in Washington DC on September 30, 2017. (Susan Melkisethian)

As the American economy currently grapples with the onslaught of COVID-19, the main work-related challenges confronting Black women are reductions in work hours, job losses and exposure to the virus while physically on the job. 

Initial claims for unemployment insurance recently hit 3.3 million, then doubled the following week at 6.6 million—the most ever recorded and well over 5 million more than what had been the weekly average since record keeping began. 

These new peaks in initial claims demolished the long-held record of 695,000 initial…

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