A new study has found that the pandemic is still taking its toll on women, exposing how the female species is now much more stressed progressively so than men.
Data from the annual Women in the Workplace report from McKinsey & Company and the nonprofit women's advocacy group Lean In show that even more women are suffering in their careers this year than in 2020t.
A whopping 42% of women stated they felt burned out "often or almost always," up from 32% in 2020. In comparison, men account for 35% of the total, up from 28% last year.
Women in leadership roles are also stepping up in areas like diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as supporting employee well-being, according to the report, but they aren't getting recognized for it.
In addition, one in every three women is considering leaving the workforce or reducing their hours, up from one in every four last year.
In the last year and a half, multiple articles have highlighted how the pandemic has influenced women's employment, including how women tend to face the majority of family-related chores and are becoming burnt out.
Companies are still having difficulty promoting women to positions of leadership. In previous years, the study has discussed "the broken rung," which refers to the assumption that fewer women are promoted to their first managerial position, reducing the number of women in leadership roles.
There are 89 white women and 85 women of color for every 100 men who are promoted to first manager. Despite the fact that the number of women of color in that figure increased from 79 in 2019, the research stated that there are still not enough women in middle management to promote into senior positions.
"Across seven years of pipeline data, we see the same concerning trend in the corporate pipeline," the report said.
McKinsey and Lean In surveyed 423 firms and received more than 65,000 responses for the study.
The research comes after a dire warning last year that the pandemic was stifling women's careers and undermining six years of progress.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that ten million mothers with school-aged children were unemployed at the start of 2021, up 1.4 million from the previous year.
In December 2020, women accounted for all the job losses in the US workforce, according to the National Women's Law Center.