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La pandemia podría empeorar la desigualdad educativa para las mujeres de Indiana

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Friday, May 28, 2021   

INDIANAPOLIS -- La pandemia puede tener consecuencias a largo plazo en la capacidad de las mujeres para obtener títulos y avanzar en la fuerza laboral, y los líderes de la educación superior en todo el estado dicen que las escuelas deberían idear mejores formas de ayudar a las mujeres para lograr sus objetivos.

La vicepresidenta regional de Western Governors University, Alison Bell, dice que trabaja con frecuencia con mujeres que desean aumentar sus habilidades para poder obtener mejores trabajos, pero la pandemia obligó a muchas a abandonar sus estudios para cuidar de niños u otros parientes.

"Antes de la pandemia, en promedio, las mujeres pasaban cuatro horas diarias en trabajo no remunerado, dice Bell. "Y ahora ha aumentado a mas de 15 horas semanales."

Según el Instituto de Indiana para Familias Trabajadoras, aproximadamente cuatro de cada diez mujeres de Indiana han experimentado una pérdida de ingresos laborales en su hogar desde marzo del año pasado.

Bell agrega que las instituciones de educación superior en todo el estado, especialmente los colegios comunitarios y las escuelas que atienden a la clase trabajadora, deben adaptar aún más sus programas para satisfacer las necesidades de las mujeres.

"Las mujeres necesitan opciones que les permitan seguir ocupandose de todas sus prioridades," subraya Bell. "Y algo que sea económico, para que puedan crear oportunidades para ellas mismas."

A más de un año después de la pandemia, aproximadamente una de cada doce mujeres negras y una de cada 11 mujeres latinas siguen desempleadas, según el Centro Nacional de Leyes de la Mujer.

La Fundación Lumina proporcionó apoyo para este informe.



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