Know Your Rights: This Pandemic Is a “Women’s Virus”

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“Employers are pointing to the economic impact of COVID-19 to justify downsizing and pay rollbacks—whether warranted or not,” writes Harrison. “For all women, it’s important to know your employment rights during the pandemic.” (U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger)

Though COVID-19 appears to be more deadly for men, women bear a unique burden from the disease.

More than 70 percent of healthcare workers in the U.S. are women. Women provide the vast majority of primary care for children and seniors. Women are more likely to work in jobs that cannot be done remotely and to lack health insurance, disability insurance and unemployment insurance. 

One in three jobs held by women has been designated essential, according to a New York Times analysis. And non-white women are more likely to be doing “essential jobs” than anyone else:

“The work they do has…

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