COVID-19 and the disappearance of millions of working women

If it wasn’t clear before this month’s job numbers, it is now: the pandemic is turning back the clock for women.

In September, more than 1.1 million workers left the labor force, meaning they were no longer working or looking for work. A full 80 percent of those workers were women, with Latinas especially overrepresented. In fact, a net 2.65 million women have left the labor force since February. These numbers are unprecedented. Before this year, January 1958 held the record for women’s labor force losses. In that month 62 years ago, 550,000 women left the labor force — hundreds of thousands fewer than this September. 

Alternatively, if we look at labor force participation rates, 56.8 percent of women were in the labor force in September, compared to 59.2 percent in February. The current rate was last seen late in the Reagan administration. We have lost more than a generation

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Gift Card Bank Partners with Excella for Unique Philanthropy Supporting Families in Need During Covid-19

Partnership develops a platform to provide financial and food security for those in need

Gift Card Bank, a Bay Area nonprofit focused on utilizing gift cards to support those in need, is partnering with Excella—a pioneer for Agile technology solutions—to help support the well-being and financial security of people affected by Covid-19. Through this partnership, Excella has applied its Agile software development and product management expertise to create a state-of-the-art online platform that allows Gift Card Bank to identify, verify, and support families on a national scale.

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As part of its mission to support those struck by Covid-19, Gift Card Bank aggregates unused and donated gift cards from individuals, philanthropists, grocers, and retailers, and identifies people and families who need support through food banks and other fintech platforms. Once identified, Gift Card Bank securely distributes gift

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Transitioning to hybrid model, North Olmsted City Schools forfeits playoff football game due to positive COVID-19 test

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — After a player tested positive for COVID-19, North Olmsted City Schools forfeited its playoff game against Avon scheduled for Friday night (Oct. 16).

Joining the player in a 14-day quarantine will be nine additional students and two staff members who were exposed.

“Everyone is doing fine, and we look forward to their return to school as soon as possible,” North Olmsted City Schools Superintendent Michael E. Zalar said. “We’re very disappointed to have to cancel our game.

“The kids worked hard and won their first playoff game last week. Nobody wants to see their season end this way.”

The Eagles team finished the abbreviated season like it started with having to withdraw from their season opener in August after a player tested positive.

“It’s unfortunate for our student athletes,” Zalar said. “Our players and coaches have done a great job of following our safety protocols, but

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Why COVID-19 Hits Men Harder Than Women

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Nearly 38 million people worldwide have been infected by the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. And it turns out that men are faring worse than women in the battle against COVID-19.

At the height of New York’s coronavirus crisis, the number of deaths among men was nearly double that of women. Throughout the U.S., the statistics aren’t quite as startling, but men still make up the majority (54 percent) of all COVID-19 deaths, even though women account for a larger share of confirmed cases, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And in certain age groups, the gap is even wider.

Among adults ages 40 to 49, men account for 69 percent of COVID-19 deaths; and in 50- to 64-year-olds, they make up 66 percent of deaths. Men of all ages are also more likely than women to require

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Gates Foundation Gift to Support Covid-19 Testing at Historically Black Colleges

Several historically Black colleges and universities will share a $15 million dollar donation over the next three years from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support Covid-19 testing on their campuses, the foundation announced Tuesday. It will be the foundation’s largest donation to historically Black colleges and universities to date.

The donation will supplement the Just Project, an initiative from

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

that has provided instruments, kits and Covid-19 testing infrastructure to seven historically Black colleges and universities across the country so far.

The donation will be divided among Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Xavier University of Louisiana, with each school receiving $1.5 million. Up to four more schools will be added to the donation in the coming weeks.

These schools will act as hubs for other historically Black colleges in their regions, and will process Covid-19

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Online shopping during COVID-19 pandemic changes holiday shopping

Shoppers are looking for deals online and early this year.

TAMPA, Fla. — The pandemic has changed the way we’ve all shopped for everyday items. With the holidays coming, it’s changing the way we shop for that as well.  

For example, Amazon Prime Day is underway and while the pandemic may have pushed back the annual sale, it looks like shoppers are ready to buy. 

According to Retail Me Not, 67 percent of Americans are planning to make a purchase during Amazon Prime Day this year. That’s bigger than Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

It looks like it is a smart time to buy because 46-percent of retailers say they will offer their deepest discounts during Amazon Prime Day, and not Black Friday or Cyber Monday. 

That brings the number up from 38-percent last year.

Some of its competitors are starting their competing offers early in hopes of attracting shoppers.

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COVID-19 couldn’t stop Texas Women’s Foundation from raising close to $1M at 35th annual luncheon

More than 2,000 guests attended Texas Women’s Foundation’s 35th annual luncheon, which was a virtual event due to COVID-19. In the 24 hours that followed the luncheon, another 11,000 watched a recording of the event, which brought together influential business and philanthropic leaders for a conversation with award-winning actress and bestselling author America Ferrera and Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for retail giant Target.

Toyota and the Dallas Mavericks sponsored the organization’s principal fundraiser. Toyota VP Bonnie Clinton and Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall co-chaired the event, which raised more than $926,000.

At Texas Women's Foundation's virtual fundraiser in late September, award-winning actress and bestselling author America Ferrera and Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for retail giant Target, talked about sisterhood and superpowers.
At Texas Women’s Foundation’s virtual fundraiser in late September, award-winning actress and bestselling author America Ferrera and Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for retail giant Target, talked about sisterhood and superpowers.(Texas Women’s Foundation)

The Texas Women’s Foundation mission is to advance the lives of women, girls and their

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Fresno clothing retailer is closing some stores, filing for bankruptcy due to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has caused Patrick James, the Fresno-based men’s clothing retailer, to file for bankruptcy with plans to close stores.


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The company has sold upscale men’s clothing – like Tommy Bahama and its own line of shirts and jackets – since 1962.

It has 11 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona, plus a temporary pop-up store in River Park near Ruth’s Chris Steak House through the end of the month.

The company announced last week that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It’s a reorganization, not a liquidation.

Patrick James has more than $7 million in debt, and its bankruptcy was filed under a special designation for small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The business was doing “extremely well” before COVID-19 hit, according to Patrick James’ bankruptcy attorney, Hagop Bedoyan of McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth.

“With the pandemic and closing of doors as mandated by

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What to Know About Wedding Registries During COVID-19

In confusing times such as these, it’s expected for couples planning a wedding to feel overwhelmed with questions. From renegotiating contracts to figuring out the safest way to move forward, the process is about solving one problem at a time. But it’s not just couples—their guests also need clarity on certain etiquette. This probably holds most true when it comes to gifts, particularly, the registry.

Since applying traditional etiquette in the current climate would be futile, we turned to experts Kelley Carter and Emily Forrest for answers to the most pressing wedding registry questions (for both couples and guests!) in the age of COVID-19.

Meet the Expert

  • Kelley Carter is the home fashion director at Bloomingdale’s. With a background in editorial, she previously held positions at O Magazine, Real Simple, and Refinery29.
  • Emily Forrest is the director of communications at Zola and has been with the company for more than
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Fashion and textiles industry keen to go green despite COVID-19 pandemic

 New research shows business leaders at top fashion, retail and textile businesses are putting sustainability drive first, despite COVID-19 pandemic

The power of data in the effort to ‘go green’ is well recognized, but patchy performance suggests more access to better quality data needed to help turbocharge change

Despite Covid-19, fashion leaders are confident that fast, affordable and sustainable fashion is realistic, with crisis seen as opportunity to recharge sustainability efforts

New research reveals the extent of the global fashion industry’s commitment to sustainability, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with sustainability ranked as the second most important strategic objective for businesses in the sector1.

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The new research, from the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), is based on a survey of 150 leading executives from top fashion, retail and textile business

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