Topic: women at work
Why women aren’t returning to the workplace
10 minute read
By Chloe Mumford
Following the global pandemic that caused a major shift in the workforce, women have started to leave the workforce in hordes. Now, nearly two million fewer women are working compared to pre-pandemic figures.
This leads us to the question: why are women not returning to work? But there isn’t a single answer to this seemingly simple question. There are many reasons why women are choosing not to rejoin the workforce. So, let’s dive deeper into it.
Why women leave
The effects of menopause
Issues with finding flexibility
The motherhood penalty
The Gender Promotion Gap
Gender bias in the workplace is an unfortunate reality. A study by Lean In and McKinsey & Co found that only 89 white women and 85 women of colour were promoted for every 100 men promoted to manager status.
At the same time, other studies reveal that having more women in senior-level positions can be a corporate advantage. A recent study found that senior-level teams with a greater level of gender diversity are 21% more likely to have “above average profitability”, and generally be much more engaged and productive.
Additionally, with women being the breadwinners of 41% of households, they need jobs that offer good career progression that’s on par with their male counterparts. Due to the lack of career progression, many mothers may decide to stay at home full time and go into freelancing, where they have more flexibility with how they spend their time and how much they earn, rather than rejoining the workforce.