Xenophobia and racism have been endemic throughout American history, but the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted how it affects the Asian American community in the United States. From suffering Asian-owned businesses to high rates of unemployment to lacking government programs, learn more about how the Asian American community is battling both discrimination and the pandemic.
Millions of Americans lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one key demographic may remain home even after the quarantine ends: women. Since the start of the pandemic, women have been leaving at a rate 4 times greater than their male counterparts. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 617,000 women left the workforce in September 2020, compared to 78,000 men. This great disparity isn’t just a consequence of gender inequality in the workplace. It’s a result of the forced division of labor between men and women in nuclear families, pressuring women with children and other family obligations to prioritize the needs of others over their own professional fulfillment.