The COVID-19 crisis is having a disproportionate economic impact on women. There are several reasons for this including temporary business shutdowns affecting occupations that employ predominantly women, closing of childcare facilities, and being precluded in the planning of the recovery.
The pandemic has also exacerbated existing inequality and has been especially challenging for certain groups of women, including racialized women, Indigenous women, single mothers, immigrant women, women with disabilities, and those living in rural areas.
The brief outlines a path to Ontario’s “she-covery” by examining data on the gendered labour market impacts of the pandemic and offering policy solutions to confront both immediate and longer-term challenges. Throughout this, an intersectional lens is essential to ensure no women are left behind.
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