LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As some cities and states begin lifting pandemic restrictions, with case rates falling and vaccination availability increasing, more companies are hiring.
Last month alone, the U.S. added 379,000 more jobs, dropping the nation’s unemployment rate fo 6.2%, but those gains are not benefiting all workers equitably.READ MORE: City Of LA Expands Eligibility To Residents 16 And Older, County Announces New Household Vaccination Effort
The impacts of the pandemic have hit women in the workforce hardest, with some moms having to stay home to care for children no longer attending in-person school and others saying they’re concerned about telling employers they have children.
“The pandemic has exacerbated something that has always been in play,” Lyn Johnson, an entrepreneur, said. “They’re also balancing this need to be approachable, personable and be seen as likable above all things.”
And even for women who have kept their jobs, they say the pandemic has turned their lives upside down.
“So many women were thrown into remote work in mid-March when this pandemic began, and it’s just not working,” Caroline Fairchild, editor-at-large for LinkedIn News, said. “There’s no sustainable policies in place.”READ MORE: Man Suffers Critical Burns After Large Explosion At Valley Glen Home
According to a new survey by LinkedIn, 70% of women feel they need to lower their career expectations, 60% feel they’re underperforming in all areas of life, 44% felt less entitled to promotions or increased salaries at work and 39% of working moms feel they are failing their children.
“Despite the struggles that women are facing at home, there’s still this stigma,” Fairchild said. “This stigma that you can’t feel like you can talk with your manager about what you’re facing at home and the pandemic has made all of that worse.”
Johnson, who founded an app that features women-based businesses called West Tenth, said her company has seen a 50% increase in business from women who have left their jobs to launch new endeavors. She also said it was vital for men to support their female colleagues.
“We need them to advocate for women and we need them to be conscious that this is something women grapple with,” she said.MORE NEWS: LASD Deputies Disperse Large Crowd In East LA
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 275,000 women left the workforce this past January compared to 71,000 men.