Fortune: During the coronavirus crisis, equal pay is more important than ever

Women on the Front Lines

In industries shedding jobs right now, female workers are significantly impacted, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Women hold 70% of restaurant server positions, generally earning 79% of what men do. Women make up 77% of clothing retail workers and, before their stores closed, earned 89% of what men did.

Most of the front-line workers during this crisis also face a wage gap. Women hold 66% of grocery store jobs, and make 89% of what men do in the same positions. Even in nursing, where women represent 88% of the workforce, they earn 92% of what their male colleagues do.

These women are often primary or dual breadwinners, making lost wages especially significant to their families during an economic downturn.

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