New research shows the pandemic hit female employment hardest in South Korea.
The Korea Development Institute says that, in March last year, the number of female workers dropped by 540-thousand, while male workers went down 320-thousand.
Female employment recovered in the second half of 2020, but they are still worse off than men.
The gender gap comes as the service sector, which has a high proportion of female workers, took the biggest hit.
School shutdowns also forced more women to stay home to look after their kids.