In a Pew Research Center survey, we learn that “today’s young women are starting their careers better educated than their male counterparts.” Young working women today are also making more money relative to men their age than their mothers and grandmothers did. Attitudes regarding how society favors men over women have changed considerably as well.
That being said, despite the progression seen in the changing conditions of gender inequality in the workplace, the consequences as a result of COVID-19 pandemic have seemingly brought that all back to square one again. This is partially due to the fact that women are more likely to work in the “social sector”, or industries that require face-to-face interactions than men. With social distancing requirements that were enforced in early March, the economy of these industries were devastated, and employees were let go of as there is no option of working from home. Women are also paid less for doing the same job and men have easier access to achieving leadership roles within the workplace.