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Women Hardest Hit By Economic Impact Of COVID-19

A woman leaves a grocery store wearing a face mask Friday, April 17, 2020, in San Diego.
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A woman leaves a grocery store wearing a face mask Friday, April 17, 2020, in San Diego.
Women seem to have borne the brunt of the economic impact of COVID-19, something that may continue to affect their careers and lives for years to come.

The pandemic has changed all of our lives in one way or another, but that impact hasn’t been felt equally.

The percentage of serious illness and deaths from COVID-19 has been higher among Latino and Black Americans. And more people of color have also been hurt financially.

But among all races, women seem to have borne the brunt of the economic impact of COVID-19, something that may continue to affect their careers and lives for years to come.

Organizations across the country are trying to assess the damage and find out what we’ve learned from this disaster that could help us recover.

San Diego Workforce Partnership is one of those organizations. Shaina Gross, director of programs there, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the impact of the pandemic on women in the workforce.