In the 2008 recession men were disproportionately affected by job losses, but the Covid-19 pandemic has hit women more severely, with the crisis now frequently referred to as a "she-cession".

One of the main reasons for this is that women and men continue to be concentrated in different parts of the economy, and many of the hardest-hit sectors have been those that typically employ large numbers of women (tourism and hospitality, retail trade, personal care, domestic and child-care services)...

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