Expert: Many women's careers may never recover after pandemic

Experts tell KMOX the economic crisis is hitting many women in their peak years of earning
The Covid Recession - Worse for Women

ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - Many economists predict that women have lost more than a decade of progress in the pandemic that turned many into part-time homeschool teachers and caregivers and pushed thousands out of their jobs.

"I do think we will see this erasing gains that we've made since the last recession," says Jamile Bigio, Senior Fellow on Women and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bigio talked to KMOX where she said, "we can now expect that this will hold back many women's careers for the rest of their lifetime."

As KMOX wraps up a series of special reports on how the COVID recession has been Worse for Women, KMOX's Megan Lynch looks at those dismal forecasts, but also asks about potential for women to retool and revamp their careers.

This dovetails with a recent Wall Street Journal report that said, "A segregated workforce in many fields means women make up more of the lower-income service and retail jobs that disappeared when the pandemic hit. Women account for 47% of the U.S. labor force, but made up 54% of initial coronavirus-related job losses and still make up 49% of them." That data was reported from McKinsey & Co.