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March 2021 Listening Forum Report

In response to the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 had on women, including the resulting 'she-cession' that saw the mass departure of women from the workforce, the Washington State Women's Commission hosted a Listening Forum which allowed Commissioners and Staff to hear directly from members of the community in an open format. 

The purpose of the Listening Forum was to hear directly from the community about their experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic impacted their lives and areas of work. 

The session was held online, through a Zoom meeting format, on Friday, March 26th, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:30pm. 

The Listening Forum was facilitated by Regina Malveaux, the Director of the Washington State Women's Commission. In total, the Forum heard from 17 speakers. This report presents an overview of the community input received, categorized into the issue areas that the Commission prioritizes: Economic Opportunity, Economic Security, Health, and Safety. 

Read and download the Listening Forum report below: