COVID-19 and Recovery Response2022-03-09T14:54:59-05:00

COVID-19 and Recovery Response

As the pandemic enters its third year and the nation turns to recovery, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research is committed to amplifying and addressing the challenges women face. IWPR’s new research provides insights and recommendations for policymakers to help meet the urgent and long-term needs of women, their families, and their communities.

Prioritizing Student Parents
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.

Breadwinner Mothers
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.

6.9 below pre crisis
Halting Recovery Leaves Women’s Unemployment in Double Digits, and Women’s Payroll Employment Still 6.9 Million Below Pre-Crisis Levels
Food Insecurity
Decline in Household Income During Pandemic Contributes to Food Insufficiency
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Economic Recovery at Risk: Proposed Infrastructure Bill by Biden Administration Should Include More Help For Women Workers Who Are Hit Hardest by the Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 23, 2021 Contact: Erin Weber | (646) 719-7021 | Washington, DC – The new infrastructure bill floated by the Biden Administration plans to prioritize spending on roads, bridges, waterways, and rails. It also includes funding for retrofitting buildings, safety improvements, and schools infrastructure—all male-dominated sectors. Women, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by job and income losses during the pandemic, will be left out unless changes are made. “There is a need to [...]

By |March 23, 2021|Press Releases|

COVID-19 is forcing women out of work. Can Biden help them get back on the job?

By Francesca Chambers So many women have dropped out of the workforce during the pandemic that the Biden administration has said it is an emergency and warned of a setback so severe that it could stand in the way of a full economic recovery. The White House says it is concerned that women are taking themselves out of the running for promotions, off the front lines of health care work and away from education opportunities that lead to higher-paying jobs [...]

By |March 21, 2021|Press Hits|

New IWPR Report Reveals Urgent Need to Support Student Parents’ Return to College amid Challenges Exacerbated by the Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 16, 2021 Contact: Erin Weber | 646-719-7021 | More than one-third (35 percent) of adults who earned some college credit, but not a degree, are parents of children under 18. Students with children are nearly twice as likely to leave college before graduating than students who are not parents: Over half (52 percent) of student parents suspend their enrollment within six years without returning to complete their education, compared with 29 percent of all students [...]

By |March 16, 2021|Press Releases|

Busy with Purpose: Lessons for Education and Policy Leaders from Returning Student Parents

Postsecondary attainment is widely recognized as key to accessing living-wage careers—in addition to fulfilling workforce demands and elevating the United States’ standing on the world stage. While much of the work to increase attainment rates has recognized the role of reengaging adults who have some college credit, but no degree or certificate, less attention has been paid to the salience of parenthood in adults’ postsecondary experiences.

Gender wage gap shrank because of COVID-19, but that’s not a good thing

By Thuy Lan Nguyen Millions of people have been put out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic. We know women have been more impacted by pandemic job loss than men largely because industries hit hardest by the virus, hospitality and retail, are mostly led by women. This shift of low-wage women leaving the workforce has pointed the discussion to the gender wage gap. It's known that women make less than white non-Hispanic men. Women of color make even less for every [...]

By |March 14, 2021|Press Hits|

All Together Now

Eleanor LeCain talks about the “Shecession” – the impact of the pandemic on women economically – and how the American Rescue Plan will help women and families, with Ariane Hegewisch, Program Director of Employment and Earnings at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC ( Listen Here

By |March 12, 2021|Press Hits|
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