The Pandemic Has One-in-Four Women Reconsidering Her Career

October 9, 2020

As we all adjust to the new normal of life during a pandemic, women are increasingly reconsidering how to balance work and their homelives. The latest “Women in the Workplace” report from Lean In and McKinsey has found that a quarter of all working women are considering either downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely.

The increase is due to higher levels of anxiety and burnout associated with caregiving. Women already felt an increased burden from childcare and housework, and with schools and daycare centers closed during the pandemic, the burden has only grown.

Since Lean In and McKinsey started the annual report in 2015, they have seen the share of women in senior vice president roles grow from 23% to 28%, and the share of women in C-suite positional grow from 17% to 21%. 

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