COVID-19 and the Pink Collar Recession

COVID-19 and the Pink Collar Recession

Wednesday - 29 July, 2020 - 07:30 PM

Online Only - A Zoom link will be forwarded on RSVP - Victoria, Australia


Join Victorian Fabians with Eva Cox, of the University of Technology Sydney, and Emma Dawson, Executive Director of Per Capita, for a discussion on COVID-19 and the 'Pink Collar Recession'.

This event is the second of two where we want to collect your thoughts on issues relating to a post COVID-19 world. Our ideas will be collected together as a "Letter to Labor" to help inform the policy agenda.

The COVID-19 economic crisis is disproportionately affecting women — so much so that some have dubbed it a ‘pink-collar recession’.

Industries dominated by women have been the hardest hit by the economic shutdown. Far too many low-paid women in insecure jobs are not recipients of government support, with more than 200,000 female workers in those sectors alone missing out on the wage subsidy. There is an overall bias against feminized jobs, which diminishes the value of those skills learned informally. How should we address these issues?

This is your opportunity to bring your own ideas on the best ways to move forward and contribute to a call for policy directions.


Journalist Nicola Heath will moderate the discussion.

Eva Cox - Research Fellow, Jumbunna IHL at the University of Technology Sydney.

Eva is a writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator and activist.

Emma Dawson - Executive Director of Per Capita and former senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments. Emma has published articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues, which have appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian and The Australian.


This is an Online Only event - a link to join the Zoom event will be forwarded via email upon RSVP and prior to the event.


All are welcome to stay for our 'online pub' after the event:

In our time of lock down, this is an effort to maintain the social aspect of our face to face events, which are usually followed by dinner and drinks at a local pub. So remember to come prepared with your own BYO drink and nibbles for the post-event discussion. We encourage all members to switch on video at the event to improve sociability.

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