How the pandemic is affecting women’s progress to pay equity

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Today, the United States marks Equal Pay Day, and for 2021, the day carries added significance given the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women in the workforce.

Lexy Martin

According to various estimates, the COVID-19 health crisis has cost more women their jobs, as up to 3 million female employees to date have dropped out of the labor force during the pandemic, compared with 1.8 million men. Yet, according to Lexy Martin, head of research at people analytics firm Visier, women were seeing gains in pay equity before the pandemic.

Related: Why elevating equity is the challenge of the decade for HR

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