COVID-19 and Recovery Response2020-11-01T18:10:57-04:00

COVID 19 and Recovery Response

In these unprecedented times, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is committed to communicating and addressing the challenges women are facing. IWPR’s new research outlines how policymakers can address the immediate and long term needs of women, their families, and their communities in policy responses to the pandemic.

Women Fall Further Behind Men in the Recovery and are 5.8 Million Jobs below pre-COVID Employment Levels, Compared with 5.0 million fewer for Men
Decline in Household Income During Pandemic Contributes to Food Insufficiency
Halting Recovery Leaves Women’s Unemployment in Double Digits, and Women’s Payroll Employment Still 6.9 Million Below Pre-Crisis Levels
Prioritizing Student Parents in COVID-19 Response and Relief

This briefing paper outlines how state and federal policymakers can center the immediate and longerterm needs of student parents in policy responses to the pandemic, so that they are able to safeguard their families’ economic well-being and continue along their pathway to college attainment.

Economy Adds More Jobs for Women Than Men, But Women Still 8 Million Jobs-on-Payroll Below February and Majority of All Who Lost Jobs
Holding Up Half the Sky: Mothers as Workers, Primary Caregivers, & Breadwinners During COVID-19

The loss of jobs in sectors dominated by women will have a devastating impact of families, especially those headed by single mothers or where women are the primary or co-breadwinner. One in two of more than 30 million families in the U.S. with children under the age of 18 have a breadwinner mother, who contributes at least 40 percent of the earnings to the household.

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Building a Better Post-COVID Future for Women in New Orleans

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on women’s employment across the nation, and perhaps nowhere more than the city of New Orleans, a metropolitan area heavily dependent on hospitality and tourism dollars that have all but vanished during the past year. A new study by Chandra Childers, a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, looks at the potential opportunities for women who have lost jobs during the pandemic to find new opportunities in skilled trade [...]

By |February 10, 2021|Press Hits|

What it means to return to a “pre-pandemic” economy

By Kimberly Adams A new report from the Congressional Budget Office predicts gross domestic product could return to pre-pandemic levels as early as mid-2021, even without additional federal aid. The CBO said the labor market will take longer to reach its pre-pandemic size — probably not until 2024. But let’s examine that baseline concept: the idea of getting back to the “pre-pandemic” economy. Even if the numbers return to where they once were, the economy is probably going to look [...]

By |February 2, 2021|Press Hits|

The pandemic has derailed women’s careers and livelihoods. Is America giving up on them?

By Maria Aspan and Emma Hinchliffe In early 2020, just before the first U.S. patient was diagnosed with COVID-19, women crossed a major employment milestone. The labor market was booming. Health care, education, and other service sectors largely staffed by female workers were racing to hire more people. And for a few shining months in early 2020, government data showed that women outnumbered men in the U.S. paid workforce. Then “the whole house burned down,” says Michael Madowitz, a labor [...]

By |January 29, 2021|Press Hits|

Women and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Five Charts and a Table Tracking the 2020 “She-Cession” by Race and Gender

DOWNLOAD REPORT The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for the U.S. economy, and women, particularly women of color, have been hit especially hard. 2020 ended with women’s numbers of jobs on payroll being still much further below their February levels than men’s.

By |January 28, 2021|Employment and Earnings, Quick Figure|

Building Back Better Post-COVID: Opportunities for Women in Skilled Trade and Technical Jobs in New Orleans

Read IWPR's new briefing paper, Building a Better Future for Women in New Orleans Post COVID-19: Opportunities for Women in Skilled Trade and Technical Jobs. Watch IWPR's webinar discussion on how to improve women's access to skilled trade and technical jobs in New Orleans.   The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequities faced by women—particularly Black and Hispanic women— in the New Orleans metro area and around the nation. A weak safety net, occupational sex- and race-segregation, and low [...]

By |January 26, 2021|In the Lead|

New study finds moving women into manufacturing, trade and technical jobs will speed recovery efforts, raise earnings, and cut poverty in New Orleans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2021 Contact: Contact: Erin Weber | 646-719-7021 | Moving women into manufacturing, trade and technical jobs will speed recovery efforts, raise earnings, and cut poverty in New Orleans, new study finds Women in New Orleans are missing from high-wage COVID-19 Recovery trade and technical Jobs. Moving them, especially women of color, into those jobs will have a dramatic impact on their ability to reenter the workforce and regain their economic footing. Washington, DC—New research [...]

By |January 26, 2021|Press Releases|
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