Opinion | Gina M. Raimondo, Mary Kay Henry: Women are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis. They have to lead our recovery plans.

Even before the pandemic exposed deep disparities in our economy and society, the gender wage gap persisted at every level of income and education. In 2019, two-thirds of minimum-wage workers were women. Women carry two-thirds of all student debt in the United States. Black women graduate with significantly more debt than White men and take longer to pay it off, as they earn just 62 cents for every dollar earned by White men. In 2019, nearly a quarter of female-headed households lived in poverty; for households headed by Black or Latina women, the rates were closer to 30 percent.

Only if our recovery is inclusive can we emerge from this crisis stronger.

Inclusivity requires state leadership as well as a comprehensive national strategy to ensure women’s economic security, health and safety. Front-line workers in the pandemic have struggled to keep patients safe amid inadequate staffing and insufficient protective gear such

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Police Report $1M in Jewelry Stolen from Georgia Kay Jewelers Store

Police say $1 million worth of jewelry has been stolen from a store in coastal Georgia.

WTOC-TV reports the heist took place before dawn Friday at Kay Jewelers in Hinesville.

Officers responded to an alarm at the store, but walked around the building and looked through the windows and saw nothing wrong.

Police say they called the store manager to come and reset the alarm and inspect the store, but the manager declined.

When employees arrived Friday morning, they found a hole in the roof and the store’s safe broken open and emptied.

Investigators say they’re examining similar burglaries at other jewelry stores in Georgia and neighboring states.

Kay Jewelers is a unit of Signet Jewelers Ltd., a Bermuda-incorporated company that describes itself as the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, with more than 2,900 stores.

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