“Unpacking the Shecession: Reimagining a New Workforce for a New World.” Join women from all around the greater Boston area to celebrate International Women’s Day with a rich panel discussion!
Over the past two years, women have left the workforce at an unprecedented rate. Women – women of color in particular – often occupy jobs that are labeled “essential” that require them to physically show up to work. Many are also parents with young children at home who need oversight and attention, are the caretakers of aging parents, or shoulder other non-paid, vital non-workplace labor. As a result, in the last quarter of 2021, as many as 1 in 3 women reported considering leaving their job, reducing work hours, or changing jobs.
The Shecession has intensified and shed light on longstanding problems- the lack of policies that allow people to balance caregiving responsibilities and work responsibilities, pay inequality, and the outdated, but persistent, view of the expendability of women in the workforce. Now is the moment to reimagine an equitable workforce – What might that look like?
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is a proud partner with Boston-Area International Women’s Day; a coalition of Boston-area women’s organizations who come together every year to host a celebration in honor of International Women’s Day.