The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted gender inequities in the workforce, and underscored the challenges women face in balancing family and workplace responsibilities. As the pandemic eases, the City of Los Angeles is calling on businesses to incorporate inclusive, flexible and supportive workplace policies that allow employees the opportunity to address caretaking responsibilities.

The Women at Work Toolkit provides a playbook on how businesses can create a workplace where employees will work smarter and be happier.

SUPPORTING MOMS IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS, WHICH IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE

Investing and training employees costs money. Creating a workplace environment that acknowledges the impact of caretaking responsibilities builds company loyalty. By instituting policies that respect and welcome back employees that take time off to take care of their families, your company will profit and enhance its reputation as one of the best places to work in Los Angeles.


Impact on Women

Unemployment

The long term impacts of the pandemic will likely result in greater inequality between men and women in occupational attainment, lifetime earnings, and economic independence.

Leaving the workplace diminishes an individual's ability to gain new knowledge and experience, establish tenure, and develop professional relationships, all of which are critical to earning promotion and an increase in pay.

Unemployment
Gender Inequities in the Workforce

Gender Inequality

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the labor force nationwide and underscored the challenges women face in balancing family and workplace responsibilities.

Reports demonstrate that women have been significantly impacted during the economic downturn.

Gender Inequality
Fair Wages

Labor Force Inequities

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the labor force nationwide and underscores women's particular challenges in balancing family and workplace responsibilities.

Women are highly represented in many of the hardest-hit employment sectors.

Labor Force Inequities

Supporting a Work-Life Balance

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health and maternity paid time off, and better mental health support
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flexible work hours and personal schedule control
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more child care support
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workplace policies that promote gender equality
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fair pay and a living wage
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on-ramps back into the workforce

Women in the Workplace

A Virtual Conversation with LA City Council President Nury Martinez and Marshall Plan for Women Founder Reshma Saujani

In Our Own Words
"For too long, our nation has neglected public and private sector policies that support mothers, while relying on women to shoulder the unpaid caregiving that keeps our economy afloat. It’s a chauvinistic system and it must end."
Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani founder of Girls Who Code and the Marshall Plan for Moms

“I gave up my job, my source of income and my career that I had a very hard time building to be a stay-at-home mom. Being an online special education teacher, a teacher to my kindergartener at home, a caregiver for my 1-year old and carrying a pregnancy all while making sure my household stays afloat was too much for me to handle.”
Awa

Awa Teacher

"Child care has been a nightmare. I had to take time off from my job way more than I want to. I am now considering staying home until things change."
Vinniece

Vinniece Stylist

“I felt like this country was barbaric when I took maternity leave (both times) and this brought it all together. Women are clearly not valued by society or our elected officials — local, state and federal. Elected officials talk a good game about family values but they don’t care what happens to people.”
Catherine

Catherine Parks Manager

"[Paid sick leave] would have given me time to care for my daughter and be present for her while her school shut down because of COVID. It would have given me time to take care of myself, struggling between sickness and the pressure to keep going at all costs."
Adrianne

Adrianne Media Expert

"Because these are unprecedented times it’s hard for people to grasp the experience of mothers all around the world right now. As a mother in a normal world you already carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, yet it has doubled during this time. This is the most minimized I’ve ever felt actually."
Kamilah

Kamilah Writer

"It’s absurd the way Americans have been asked to carry on as normal during a pandemic. So many are unemployed or working impossible schedules because they don’t have the option to scale back at work. We can’t expect parents to be full-time caregivers and full-time workers for the long term. It is impossible."
Ashley

Ashley Journalist