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Across the US, the effects of these last few years have had a profound impact on female workers. In 2020, 2.3 million women left the US workforce, representing a staggering 80% of the population exiting the labor force.¹² Thankfully, there are excellent programs offering support to those women returning to work—one of which has brought excellent talent to Pure Storage in recent years.
Women in the Workplace in 2023
In 2021, female participation in the US workforce was the lowest in more than 30 years. Yet while the numbers seem drastic, the underlying issues they reflect are not new. Women have always been more likely to leave the workforce, as they tend to shoulder a greater number of caring and household responsibilities.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that, two years after giving birth to their first child, 18% of female workers have not yet returned to work. For women giving birth to their second or third child, the drop is even higher. As we’ve seen all too often, finding a job after a career gap can be challenging—despite the enormous value and skills that women returners have to offer.
The Stigma Against Returners
Women who have been out
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