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.

5.8 Million Recovery
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
Food Insecurity
Decline in Household Income During Pandemic Contributes to Food Insufficiency
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
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.

8 million below
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
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.

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“I felt guilt making this decision to step out of the workplace”

Establish a National Child Care Infrastructure Like many working mothers, Nancy, a public affairs professional in Arlington, Virginia, left the workplace where she had spent almost 15 years in order to take care of her two-month old son when the pandemic took away her child care options. She expressed a sense of guilt in an interview with WBUR: “[M]y mother, she dedicated her life to raising me and my siblings. And while I think we are as successful today because [...]

By |November 10, 2020|In the Lead|

“That’s what keeps me going—the hope”

When she was laid off in mid-March from a job she had held for decades, a hotel employee in Rhode Island felt abandoned by her employer. As she told WBUR, she felt that they did not care that, “I have a family that rely on me. It's not like that you are only telling me when something happened to me, you're telling everybody who depend on me.” Ideally, assistance and support should be widely available to individuals and families in [...]

By |November 10, 2020|In the Lead|

A Sneak Peek at Our New Economic Recovery Report

I do believe that as parents continue to go back to work, we are going to remain open. I don’t see child care becoming a declining business. Some parents that are able to stay home with their children will probably do so. I would probably do so if I were in their position also. But there are, unfortunately, parents that have no other choice but to work and place their child back in care. -Tenille, a child care provider Since [...]

By |November 10, 2020|In the Lead|

Perspective: Child Care Work During the Pandemic

How are child care centers managing during the pandemic? How are centers keeping doors open, paying staff, and meeting the competing demands for increased hygiene and increased class sizes? IWPR spoke with Tenille, a child care provider, to learn more about how care centers are surviving the child care crisis. Here is an excerpt of our interview: IWPR: How long have you been in the child care industry? Tenille: I have been a family child care provider for four and [...]

By |November 10, 2020|In the Lead|

Despite modest employment gains, women still 5.5 million jobs below pre-pandemic level. Unemployment for Black and Hispanic women remains high.

New October jobs data show women remain 5.5 million jobs below February's levels. Despite women gaining 280,000 (43.9 percent) of 638,000 new non-farm payroll jobs since October and adult women having lower unemployment rates (6.5 percent) than men (6.7 percent) for the first time since April, stubborn trends continue.

By |November 6, 2020|Press Releases|
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