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Fighting the She-cession: Helping Women Back to Work in a COVID World

Friday, October 1, 2021 12:30to13:30

When government measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 shut down sectors like hospitality and retail, unemployment rates surged. In addition, many schools and daycares closed, and home-schooling became the new normal.

Women were particularly hard hit during the pandemic, including working mothers who had to leave their jobs or downshift their careers to provide childcare, and they continue to face challenges when it comes to re-entering the workforce. This phenomenon, labelled a “she-cession,” has been attracting more and more attention as both private and public sector organizations look for solutions.

To further understand the barriers faced by women in the COVID economy, the McGill School of Continuing Studies will be hosting an interactive conversation on the she-cession that will bring together women leaders from across sectors. During this online event, our esteemed panelists will discuss barriers keeping women from re-entering the workforce and explore actions, strategies, and solutions individuals and organizations can undertake to help women back to work.

We will discuss topics such as:

  • Why working women been disproportionately affected by the pandemic
  • What is stopping women who want to return to work from getting hired
  • Why helping women back to work is important
  • What individuals can do to help women in their community
  • What measures need to be undertaken by private and public institutions, including government

Our Panelists

  • Corey Anne Bloom, Partner, Easter Canada Leader (Quebec, NCR and Atlantic Canada), Forensics, Investigations and Disputes at MNP
  • Antoinette Noviello, Vice President, Corporate Controller at Videotron
  • Anna Vegera, McGill SCS Student in Data Analytics & Business Intelligence
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