On the frontlines: Under-represented women among hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions

April 16, 2021

As the federal government plans for a #FeministRecovery, under-represented women in particular, are among the hardest hit from COVID-19.

These women need to be included in any plan to rebuild the economy, said Marie-Pier Baril, press secretary for Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Maryam Monsef. Plans for the recovery are expected to be part of the first federal budget in two years. It will be presented on April 19 by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

“They have faced job losses, the reduction in hours worked, over-representation in frontline work and the additional burden of unpaid care work at home,” Brail said.

“Women make up a high portion of frontline workers,” Statistics Canada says.

This especially true in education where, according to Statistics Canada, about 75 per cent of educators in the public school sector are women based on numbers from 2018-19.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario said that the percentage of women in its ranks has been consistent since the inception of the organization in 1998.

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