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Australia's coronavirus response will not help women back into work

Government has directed money to male-dominated industries

| Australia
Female workers use their mobile phones during a break in Sydney on Mar. 18: women in Australia are paid 14% less than men on average.   © Getty Images

Annie Hariharan is a business consultant in Australia, with interests in gender and economy.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, we have learned new terms such as flattening the curve, social distancing and community transmission. There is now another gaining popularity in Australia: pink recession.

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