After being pushed out of work by the pandemic, women struggle to get back to work. Pictured here is Katy McAvoy with her daughter in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S., March 2, 2021.
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Simeon Djankov (PIIE), Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg (PIIE), Marie Hyland (World Bank) and Eva (Yiwen) Zhang (PIIE)

Women in the United States have made steady gains in increasing their participation in the workforce. But the sudden impact of the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a serious setback to that progress, driving their participation rate to below 56 percent, the lowest level since 1987, and widening the gap between their participation and that of men.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics building is closed to staff and visitors until further notice. PIIE personnel are working remotely, with access to telephone messages.

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