How one Facebook group is helping 52,000 women navigate freelancing during the pandemic

How one Facebook group is helping 52,000 women navigate freelancing during the pandemic

Women's careers have long been disproportionately hurt by economic and cultural forces, and many say it's gotten worse as a result of the pandemic. For more than a year, countless reports have highlighted women's overrepresentation in service industries disrupted during the coronavirus outbreak, their likelihood to carry a greater share of household responsibilities and the ongoing child-care crisis that's led to record numbers of women forced out of work. Still, as the economy has recovered for some workers, many women, and particularly women of color, face higher rates of unemployment and long-term joblessness.In the absence of being able to meet in person, many have turned to online communities for job leads and, perhaps more importantly, support and connection through it all. One such place is the Facebook group Freelancing Females, started by social media and marketing consultant Tia Meyers in 2017. At the time, Meyers, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., launched the group to get advice on how to navigate a nonpayment issue with one of her freelancing clients. Over time, she recognized the forum was a good way for women freelancers to connect with one another over job opportunities, pay and how to navigate the expanding freelance and gig