Women around the world have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has heightened the large and small inequalities—both at work and at home—that women face daily. For this year’s International Women’s Day, which UN Women has themed “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” we have curated a series of charts that McKinsey has published over the past year that illustrate the pandemic’s gender effect, what it might cost society over time, and what could help set the course for a brighter future.
Before COVID-19, women had slowly been making some progress in the workplace
Our pre-COVID-19 research had never shown women opt out of the workforce at higher rates than men
But COVID-19 dealt a major setback
Women are feeling more pressure at work than men are
And the effects—both at work and at home—have been worst for women in emerging economies
Acting now to improve gender equity could add $13 trillion to global GDP
But advancing gender equity will require a focus on how work is changing
This article was edited by Justine Jablonska, an editor based in the New York office.