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As the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects continue, millions of women working in low-paid jobs are on the front lines of the crisis. The economic recession triggered by the pandemic has dampened economic activity and resulted in nearly 20.7 million people losing their jobs in April 2020 alone. That job loss hit the retail sector particularly hard, and while some of these jobs have begun to come back, they remain precarious, as spikes in infection drive new shutdowns and cause customers to stay away. In particular, women who have struggled to get by in the retail sector are now facing a high risk of losing their jobs altogether—while those who are still employed are forced to put their and their families’ health at risk, with decent pay and benefits too often still out of reach.

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