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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Biden’s COVID Relief Plan Is a Huge Deal for Women. Here’s How.

By Keya Vakil As the coronavirus pandemic wrecked the economy last March, Maria Lopez—like millions of many other Americans—lost her job. The travel and leisure sectors came to a screeching halt, and Lopez, 53, was furloughed from her job as a room attendant at the Westin Hotel in downtown Phoenix. She qualified for unemployment benefits, but the impact of losing work was still devastating for Lopez and her family. “It was very difficult for all of us to be able [...]

By |April 5, 2021|Press Hits|

A year into COVID, child care issues still affect mothers’ employment

By Meghan McCarty Carino The economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women when it comes to job losses, and in particular mothers with young kids, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. Industries that employ a lot of women, like retail, have been among the hardest hit by job losses. The report found more than 1 in 10 mothers of young children had left a job, said Lauren Bauer, a fellow at [...]

By |April 2, 2021|Press Hits|

What the American Jobs Plan Will Mean for the Care Economy

On Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to unveil his $2 trillion plan to boost the economy and rebuild infrastructure across America. The sweeping proposal, called the American Jobs Plan, is part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda and will tackle everything from the ongoing climate crisis to job creation to improving infrastructures like roads, bridges, and highways. At least $400 billion will be set aside for the “caregiving economy,” with major investments in our child and [...]

By |April 1, 2021|Press Hits|

As Biden pushes split infrastructure plan, working women see a make-or-break moment

By Eric Rosenbaum If President Biden’s infrastructure plan makes you first think of hard hats, roads and bridges — maybe in 2021, also wind, solar and electrical vehicles — you have not been paying attention as closely as many working women. On Capitol Hill, in the offices of congresswomen like single working mom and California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter, and among organizations that study the role of women in politics and women in the labor force, the Biden infrastructure plan [...]

By |March 30, 2021|Press Hits|

Megan Rapinoe shines spotlight on pay fight and unequal NCAA amenities in Capitol Hill testimony

By Annie Grayer World Cup champion, US soccer player and longtime equal pay advocate Megan Rapinoe highlighted the ongoing inequities and discrimination women face when it comes to compensation and sports as part of her testimony Wednesday before Congress. "What we've learned, and what we continue to learn, is that there is no level of status -- and there's no accomplishment or power -- that will protect you from the clutches of inequity," Rapinoe said during a hearing in the [...]

By |March 25, 2021|Press Hits|

Equal Pay Day 2021: The Results of a COVID-Impacted Economy

For many women, this Equal Pay Day feels uniquely urgent. While it looks like the wage gap is shrinking – that’s only because women in low wage jobs have been pushed out of the work force during the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn in its wake. A new analysis from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), along with highlights from a new national IWPR survey, shows that women want and need the government to do more to close [...]

By |March 24, 2021|In the Lead|
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