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.
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.
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.
Life was already challenging for student parents; COVID-19 made it much more difficult
The pandemic halted many resources that student parents need to succeed: on-campus child care centers, in-person study groups, internet access and in-person K-12 education for their kids By Sara Israelsen-Hartley SALT LAKE CITY — Kelsie Rose Kealoha doesn’t like to cry in front of her kids. When she does melt down, it’s usually in the shower, the warm water mingling with her tears. There’s just so much on her plate. Before COVID-19, the 33-year-old would drop off her sixth grader and [...]
Cautious Interest in College Among Working Adults
Working adults increasingly are interested in pursuing postsecondary education, but they are also less confident about the value of college.
We’re in a She-cession
The economic recession caused by Covid-19 has disproportionately affected women, especially women of color. IWPR President/CEO Nicole Mason joins CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction podcast for a discussion on how the pandemic has exposed gaps in our childcare and employment systems.
Coronavirus crisis caused 40% of parents to change their job situation, survey finds
Working parents are feeling the sting of the coronavirus pandemic — and it's hitting women especially hard.
Jobs Day Numbers Show Slow Recovery Efforts
Women continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID 19 pandemic as they remain 6.1 million jobs below pre-COVID levels from February, despite making a gain of 800,000 jobs compared with men’s 600,000 new jobs since July.
C. Nicole Mason on CNN’s First Move With Julia Chatterley
IWPR President and CEO C. Nicole Mason addresses women and the child care crisis during an interview with CNN's First Move with Julia Chatterley.