American women are at risk of losing years of hard-won progress in the workplace.
Typically, 15% of both men and women contemplate downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce. As a result of Covid-19, the number of women is now almost 25% at any given time.
Even as the economy supposedly opens up, the prospects for working women continue to worsen. In September alone, the Labor Department reports that 865,000 women over 20 dropped out of the workforce—compared to 216,000 men.
This dire situation is the focus of the sixth annual Women in the Workplace report, produced jointly by McKinsey & Company and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation. “What we are seeing in this report should terrify all of us,” Sandberg told NPR. “We are pulling the alarm bell here.”
If left unchecked, the report warns, such