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Commentary: COVID-19 may redefine society as past crises have

Daily Pilot, Oct. 26, 2020 (Commentary)

October 26, 2020

Commentary: COVID-19 may redefine society as past crises have

I spoke with UC Irvine sociology professor Judith Stepan-Norris, an authority on workforce issues, about what sort of lasting effects might come out of the pandemic. … “There have been a lot more women that have dropped out of the workplace” this year, she said. In large measure that’s because we haven’t resolved the issue of child care, and that failure disproportionately affects women. We’ve also seen the pandemic hit minorities and workers on the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum particularly hard, she noted. “All those things would argue for greater inequality coming out of this pandemic.”