We know that women’s economic advancement has been painfully slow. Yet the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has stopped this scant progress. More women than men have been furloughed or made redundant. More women have borne the brunt of home-schooling and of domestic ‘duty’. Women have risked their own careers and mental health in the process. Deloitte finds that 82% of women say that their lives have been negatively disrupted by the pandemic. Of these, 70% are concerned that their career may be limited as a result.
“Pregnant Then Screwed” research shows that 15% of mothers have either been made redundant or expect to be. 46% believe that a lack of childcare provision played a role in their redundancy.
In the first wave of the pandemic, Public Health England found that non-white communities are up to twice as vulnerable to the virus.
Stanford University’s Dr Lawrence Fung notes that “The anxiety caused by COVID-19, the physical distancing, and disruption of daily routines are intertwined. Together with other factors involved in the pandemic, they have caused a lot of new challenges for the neurodiverse community.
The tough truth is that if women do not act collectively now, this damage will be irreversible. True workplace equality will only happen when organisations support and invest in women.
She Has No Limits is a membership group set up by professional women for professional women. Women who have the ambition to carve out the career they merit, whatever the external pressures. Our wide-ranging series of programmes have a clear objective – to motivate, educate, inspire and support professional women. To roll back the causes of social and economic disparity.
When we achieve equality, we all experience a more vibrant organisation. And society more at ease with itself.