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The House Oversight COVID subcommittee held a hearing on Tuesday on how the “pandemic economy” has disproportionately harmed low-wage, women workers.
Watch the hearing in the player above.
Speakers at the hearing included C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Yana Rodgers, Ph.D., professor of labor studies and employment relations at Rutgers University; Vicki Shabo, senior fellow for paid leave policy and strategy at the Better Life Lab at New America; Cynthia Murray, fitting department associate at Walmart and Mary Katharine Ham, CNN commentator and author.
Ahead of the hearing, the subcommittee released a report affirming the pandemic era’s harm on working women. The data from a December 2021 survey of the nation’s 12 largest employers found a disproportionate amount of women experienced negative outcomes in their workplace in 2020 such as furloughs, layoffs, wage reductions or fewer promotions.
Committee Chairman James E. Clyburn opened the hearing by highlighting the struggle many women face in balancing their home life and their jobs, especially when they are the sole breadwinners in the household.
“Women bear a disproportionate share of the caregiving responsibilities in our country,” said Clyburn. “As a result, when the pandemic disrupted normal life in 2020, many working mothers were left unable to balance their jobs with their increased responsibilities to take care of their children.”
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