Women Bearing Economic Brunt Of Virus, Advocate Says

Craig Dellimore
March 13, 2020 - 9:21 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The head of a local foundation says the COVID-19 pandemic could have a disproportionate effect on women in the U.S.

Felicia Davis, CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women, said amid all the events being canceled and the restrictions on workplaces and education, women may be feeling more of the effects.

"Typically, and stats back this up, women are being paid less than men so the economic impact is being felt," Davis said.

Women earn less than men, so the financial affects are greater, she said. Davis adds women tend to have jobs that don’t offer paid sick leave, so if they are ill, they lose income.

The silver lining, she said, is that many officials — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker included — are talking about mandating paid sick time during the crisis.

Davis is the guest on “At Issue” Sunday, which airs at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.