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Number of Women Doing Gig Work in Philly Region Surged During COVID-19

Instacart shopper Christine Meyers reaches for an item at the Giant food store in Roslyn, Pa.
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Instacart shopper Christine Meyers reaches for an item at the Giant food store in Roslyn, Pa.

Women have dropped out of the workforce in record numbers during the coronavirus pandemic, but data from companies like Uber and Instacart show women have signed up for thousands of these on-demand jobs.

Women have dropped out of the workforce in record numbers during the coronavirus pandemic, but data from companies like Uber and Instacart show women have signed up for thousands of these on-demand jobs.

WHYY’s Laura Benshoff has more on local women who are joining the gig economy.

(Original air-date: 12/20/21)

Laura Benshoff covered stories of statewide interest for Keystone Crossroads and WHYY, with a focus on immigration. She previously reported on the suburbs, public education, and mental health. Her work has aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace and Reveal/CIR. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department. Laura attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She diligently works at speaking Spanish and knows a little French.