Data from September 2020 reveals a staggering disparity between the sexes when it comes to workforce participation: approximately 617,000 women dropped out of the workforce last month, compared to 78,000 men.
That is nearly eight times more women than men, according to recent information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the coronavirus pandemic and government-imposed shut downs and regulations continue to upend many industries, women's careers seem to be taking the bigger hit. Childcare choices, including in some places a lack of childcare or in-school education options for families, are a big factor. In many cases, women are leaving their jobs to care for children or guide them in home-based learning.
An economist with Ameriprise, Russel Price, told CNN that nationwide, the child daycare industry has almost 18% fewer workers than it did before coronavirus hit. That amounts to fewer opportunities for families to obtain childcare for their children so parents can work.
In some two-parent households, the person making less money, often a woman, quits to attend to family needs.
Statistics also show that the leisure and hospitality industries — industries big for female employment — have been hit especially hard by the pandemic and government response.
For single mothers with no other childcare or child education options, leaving work often means depending on government aid.
"I really wish they could figure something out to help single moms," one woman named Jessica told CNN. "I have always been a very hard worker. I do not like depending on the government and I'm sure the other moms in my position feel the same way. There has to be something that the government can figure out to help us."