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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IWPR’s Nicole Mason On the Frontlines

This past Saturday, IWPR President & CEO, C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. got the opportunity to talk to CBS This Morning about the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on wages and employment for women of color and especially women with children. As most childcare centers remain closed, and women in the service, education, and health services sector have experienced the greatest job loss, Nicole said, "When you couple that with the pay gap and the, you [...]

By |August 11, 2020|In the Lead|

Halting Recovery Leaves Women’s Unemployment in Double Digits, and Women’s Payroll Employment Still 6.9 Million Below Pre-Crisis Levels

New jobs figures from July show much less job growth than in the previous month, and while women were the majority of those who gained jobs, they continue to face a higher jobs deficit than men, according to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics latest Employment Situation release.

The ‘shecession’: why economic crisis is affecting women more than men

From February to May, 11.5 million women lost their jobs compared with 9 million men – underlining how women are more vulnerable to sudden losses of income By Amanda Holpuch C Nicole Mason, president and chief executive of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), said: “We didn’t do enough in the 2008 recession to make sure there was an even recovery, and what I am hoping this time around is that we learn those hard lessons and we make [...]

By |August 4, 2020|Press Hits|

Domestic abusers are taking survivors’ stimulus checks — and lawmakers want the IRS to do something about it

Domestic-violence survivors often use cash infusions as a springboard toward safety. By Meera Jagannathan and Andrew Keshner One reason many survivors remain with their abusers is insufficient means to financially support themselves and/or their kids, advocates say. Some 73% of domestic-violence survivors report staying with an abusive partner longer or returning to that partner due to financial problems, according to a 2018 Institute for Women’s Policy Research survey of 164 individuals in 11 states and Washington, D.C. Read More

By |August 4, 2020|Press Hits|

COVID-19 and Online Education Decisions

New survey data show pandemic may be disproportionately influencing women to choose online education over in-person options. By Lindsay McKenzie Women have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and this may be why they feel they cannot pursue in-person education, even if previously this would have been their preference, said C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Women are more likely to have lost work because of the pandemic and are more likely to be caring [...]

By |July 30, 2020|Press Hits|

Prioritizing Student Parents in COVID-19 Response and Relief

Nearly four million U.S. undergraduate college students are parents or guardians of children under the age of 18. These student parents, who already faced immense financial, child care, food, and housing insecurity before the COVID-19 pandemic, are now dealing with multiple new barriers, including school closures, lay-offs, and child care disruptions, among other challenges.

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