Join the University of Chicago for the Panorama experience next week – one of the events features a panel hosted by the Chicago Women’s Alliance. CWA is proud to feature the thoughts of Mary Sullivan JosephsMelody Peiyi L.🦉 Kate Volzer, and Devshi Mehrotra during Living, Landing, Leaving and Leading: Women’s Unique Role in the Workforce during the COVID-19 Pandemic on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 7 pm – 8 pm CST.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused all of us to learn, lean, and leap in new ways. Some of us have found ourselves doing extra lifting, and sometimes struggling under the weight. All employees, but women in particular, have been negatively impacted in the workplace by COVID-19. McKinsey data from their 2020 report shows surprising results:

  • Many employees—especially parents and caregivers—are facing the choice between falling short of prepandemic performance expectations, which may now be unrealistic, or pushing themselves to keep up an unsustainable pace.
  • More than one in four women are contemplating downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce completely.
  • Despite gains for women in leadership, the “broken rung” was still a major barrier in 2019. For the sixth year in a row, women continued to lose ground at the first step up to manager. For every 100 men promoted to manager, only 85 women were promoted—and this gap was even larger for some women: for every 100 men promoted, only 58 Black women and 71 Latinas were promoted.
  • Since the pandemic, mothers are 1.5 times more likely than fathers to be spending an additional three or more hours per day on housework and childcare.

Register to join the Chicago Women’s Alliance for this engaging event. Registration is free.