Italy is Leaving Women Behind

A heavily feminine recession, so much so that the ad hoc term has already been coined: ‘she-cession’. And it is so in many respects, starting from the lost jobs and the growing wage gap, up to the increase in unpaid care jobs and an increasingly absent welfare state. On balance, this pandemic is setting women’s clocks back a few years, if not decades.

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The disparity between employed women and employed men extends beyond the pandemic. It is endemic and is linked above all to parenting: only 53.5% of employed women with children living in couples are compared to 83.5% of men on equal terms. For singles, the employment rates are 76.7% for males and 69.8% for females.

It is again WeWorld that confirms the fact that motherhood is a crucial issue for Italian women. The data presented on 4 March during the Special Edition of WeWorld Festival, indicate that the main economic victims of the pandemic are women, especially if with children and without work, who have found themselves facing an enormous economic and psychological burden and care. The data show that 1 in 2 women has seen their economic situation worsen, both in the North and in the Center and South. The percentage rises to 63% among 25-34 year-olds and 60% among 45-54 year-olds. Not only. One in 2 women say they are more financially unstable and are afraid of losing their job. And then 3 out of 10 women not employed with children due to Covid give up looking for work. To conclude, WeWorld tells us that 38% of women declare that they cannot bear an unexpected expense, a share that rises to 46% among mothers with children.