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Quartzy | Even the Trump trade war is sexist

Aug 26, 2019

On Sept. 1, when the US is scheduled to impose a new 10% tariff on imports of select Chinese-made clothing and footwear, women will likely feel the impact more than men.

The reason is that a much larger share of women’s and girls’ clothes and shoes imported into the US are made in China compared to men’s equivalents. A Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the office of the US Trade Representative and the Census Bureau found that about 42% of women’s and girls’ clothes and shoes came from China in 2018, versus about 26% for men and boys. That translated to $23.5 billion worth of women’s and girls’ products, compared to just $10.9 billion for men and boys.

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