The U.S. Labor Department reported that the U.S. lost 140,000 jobs in December 2020 — all of which were once held by women, while men gained 15,000 jobs in the same period. Sue Altman, NJ Working Families state director; Anna Maria Tejada of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, and Bill Rodgers, chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, say that COVID-19’s impact on the hospitality, retail and other industries has resulted in many women being out of work.
“The effect of the pandemic has been the worst-felt by women, but particularly women of color. The jobs that have been lost during this pandemic have been the jobs that those women occupy, and that’s a big problem,” Altman said.
Rutgers University president Jonathan Holloway also discusses why Black History Month is particularly relevant right now, and he shares why he wrote his book on black history, “The Cause of Freedom.”