Women lost more than 64 million jobs worldwide in 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis as they were obliged to take on additional childcare duties, according to Oxfam International.
The nonprofit group Catalyst, which fosters women’s leadership, found in a June 2021 report that women with childcare duties who had the possibility to work remotely were 32 percent less likely to say they intended to quit their jobs than women caring for children with no ability to telework.
“Having remote work access allows people to do their work in the best way possible for them at the best time possible given their schedules,” Tara Van Bommel, a statistician director at Catalyst, told CNBC. “I think especially for women, who during the pandemic have had to handle childcare and schooling, it can give them the flexibility to balance both.”
Encouraging remote work will make companies more equitable for women, Lauren Pasquarella Daley, senior director for women and the future of work at Catalyst, told CNBC. She added that it would also help everyone “regardless of your gender, or even your responsibilities… to tap into self-care, caregiving responsibilities and more.”