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Brazil in ‘shecession’ as women feel larger burden of job crisis

Gender inequality in the Brazilian labor force has always been prevalent in Brazil. The pandemic, however, has made things worse

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Food distribution center for the poor inPlanaltina, Goiás. Photo: Marcos Casiano/Shutterstock

The global economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic has one peculiar characteristic: unlike previous recessions, in which women increasingly entered the workforce in response to the economic downturn, the current crisis has seen women pushed out of employment.

Nicknamed the “shecession,” the first five months of the pandemic in Brazil caused an increase in the disparity between men and women with regard to paid employment. On the one hand, jobs traditionally performed by female workers — such as childhood education and paid domestic work — have been drastically affected by social distancing measures and quarantines....

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