COVID Forced 2 Million U.S. Women to Leave the Workforce—But Who Are the Women Who Stayed?

Just under 2 million women in the U.S. have been driven out of the workforce since the onset of the pandemic. But what about the women who stayed?

Hear from three women essential workers who maintained significant roles in the workforce throughout the pandemic—one in an elementary school; another as a nurse at the major hospital; and the last as a restaurant manager. Their stories reveal the complexities of working in a pandemic, the ways in which gender and ‘essential’ work are inextricably linked, and the significance of women’s labor.