Women represent more than 55% of the US workforce that is now unemployed.

Women have been disproportionately affected by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the 2007 recession, which targeted industries mainly employing men, the current crisis has hit the hospitality, entertainment, retail, beauty, and administrative industries the hardest. These industries predominantly employ women.

With more women unemployed and children unable to go to school or day camps, gender roles have adjusted. Women are at home with their kids and have become caregivers for elderly relatives. There is concern that the gradual reopening of our economy won’t provide opportunities for many working mothers but will only compound this dire situation. With no clear plan on how to get children back to school, camp, or daycare, women are being forced out of the labor force or into part-time jobs while their responsibilities at home increase. These effects could last a lifetime, reducing women’s earning potential, work opportunities and wiping out the gains of the last decade to close the economic gender gap.

When women succeed, communities succeed, and economies thrive; and when they struggle, communities and economies struggle. A potential $1 trillion could be lost from global growth as female workers fall out of the workforce as a result of the pandemic. It is in America’s best interests to address this!

The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation’s mission is to empower women through job training, access to education and economic empowerment. Our work is crucial for the future success of women and their families. The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Computer Training Program at Win NYC is preparing women for jobs that can be done in person and remotely. We are so proud of the women who have overcome insurmountable challenges to gain valuable skills. America must join us in providing women with access to job training incentives and childcare options in order to get them back to work.

Join us in this effort to help #GetWomenBackToWork by supporting the LeFrak Computer Training Program HERE.