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The pandemic is forcing women out of the paid workforce in droves

A comic on how — between child care and homeschooling — hour for hour, women’s time is becoming worth less. It could take years to recover lost ground.

Illustration: Aubrey Hirsch
Illustration: Aubrey Hirsch

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Aubrey Hirsch is a writer and illustrator in Berkeley, California. Her work has appeared in the Nib, the New York Times, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She’s created comics about adult friendships and the women’s happiness gap for The Highlight.

The pandemic is forcing women out of the paid workforce