Women, Work, & Covid-19

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Percent of women who became unemployed during the COVID-19 downturn

Source: Pew Research

Non-white women, particularly Latina Women, have had the most job loss due to the Covid-19 downturn.

How the pandemic has affected working mothers, ratio of women out of 100

Source: McKinsey

One third of working mothers have considered reducing their participation in the workforce, reversing decades of progress.

Job losses of the five hardest hit sectors in 2020

Source: CNN

Women held the majority of jobs lost in 4 out of 5 of the hardest hit sectors during 2020.

About this Project

At the beginning of 2020, I created Women’s Work, a series of 12 cross stitched artworks that depict data about women in the workplace. Once the Covid-19 pandemic was in full swing, there were many media outlets reporting the unique impact the pandemic had on women, namely non-white women and mothers.

I decided to expand my work to specifically comment on the state of working women during the pandemic, this time using crochet to display data. My use of textile art is meant to add meaning to the data, symbolizing “women’s work” in both the content and the medium.

Want to make an impact? Below are some organizations that are taking action to bring women’s progress in the workforce back on track:

AAPI Women Lead / Chicana Latina Foundation / Emily’s List / Black Career Women’s Network / Anita B. Org / National Women’s Law Center

This project was created by Olivia Johnson.
Contact her or learn more at o-j.co.