If you’re a woman in a low-wage job in the United States, the coronavirus pandemic has most likely delivered a walloping blow to you and your family over the last month.
If you’re still working, you may be directly on the front lines — in a hospital or a grocery store, an assisted living facility or a restaurant. You’re exposed to the risk of infection all day, while earning less on the dollar than your male counterparts.
If you’ve lost your job, you’re now facing the reality of earning poverty wages: you’re scrambling to find a way to put food on the table, pay the rent, keep the lights on. If you’ve ever experienced the threat of violence in the home, that risk is now heightened — the heat turned up by close quarters, fear of contagion and economic anxiety.