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Progress On Equity Made By Women Impaired By The Pandemic

Experts weigh in on the impact of women in recent history and how the pandemic highlighted discrimination that women face every day.

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“We have to begin to change the culture of our expectations for women,” said Dr. Tshepo Masango Chéry, assistant professor of history and African American studies department of history at the University of Houston.

Women’s contributions in history tend to be overlooked as with Wikipedia where women are the subject of only 17% of biography pages and the majority of published authors are still male.

Women are still fighting for many of the policy platforms advocated during the 1970s, according to Sarah Jane Glynn, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

The #metoo movement, which began as a way for women to disclose that they were sexual assault survivors and to counter the message women may hear when expressing frustration against rape and sexual harassment, “Not all men.

This movement sparked a new wave of conversation that highlighted the accomplishments and the barriers women face in the workforce but as the pandemic closed offices, schools, and public spaces, it also closed opportunities for working women.

“The pandemic didn’t create any of these problems. It took all of the existing problems that working women were facing and cranked them up to an 11,” said Glynn, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress

Nearly 10 million mothers of young children had to contend with lower wages and job instability while no policies in place to protect job security during the pandemic with a reported 140,000 jobs lost in December 2020, all positions held by women.

Guests:

Sarah Jane Glynn, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Dr. Tshepo Masango Chéry, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies Department of History

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