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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Women Were Making Historic Strides in the Workforce. Then the Pandemic Hit.

BY EMILY BARONE Women have been affected across the board, losing jobs at disproportionate rates in most industries and returning to the workforce slower than their male colleagues—even in sectors where employment levels have been essentially gender neutral. In retail, for instance, women held 50% of pre-COVID jobs. But they suffered 60% of the industry’s losses through April and accounted for only 49% of the gains in May. Similarly, in professional and business services, where women represented 46% of the industry, [...]

By |June 10, 2020|Press Hits|

‘Historic and unprecedented’: Women have been hit hardest by coronavirus layoffs

By Leticia Miranda Women who work entered the year on a high note, with sky-high employment numbers thanks, in part, to the rapid expansion of industries such as health care and education. However, the impact of the coronavirus has wiped out nearly all of women’s gains in the workforce over the last decade — leading some economists to call the current crisis a “she-cession.” “This is historic and unprecedented,” said C. Nicole Mason, president and chief executive officer of the Institute [...]

By |June 8, 2020|Press Hits|

A Decade’s Worth of Progress for Working Women Evaporated Overnight

By Shelly Banjo Men have not been spared, but preliminary research suggests women have been impacted disproportionately. The pandemic has already ushered in the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. Last year, women made up the majority of the U.S. workforce for the first time in almost a decade. In March and April, they accounted for 55% of the job losses, and more than that in female-dominated sectors such as retail, travel, and hospitality, according to the Institute for Women’s [...]

By |June 3, 2020|Press Hits|

America Never Valued Care Workers. Then a Pandemic Hit.

By Bryce Covert Now everyone knows teachers, child care providers, and health aides are essential workers. Will that finally get them the pay and protections they deserve? Care work, said Purdue University history professor Tithi Bhattacharya, is “life making and life sustaining.” Yet it “receives the least amount of respect from capitalism.” England, University of Massachusetts Amherst economist Nancy Folbre, and fellow UMass Amherst sociologist Michelle Budig have found that even when they compare workers with the same education and experience levels, [...]

By |June 1, 2020|Press Hits|

Unanswered Questions, Obvious Answers: Hunger in the Age of COVID

by ABBY J. LEIBMAN and LIZA LIEBERMAN For activists like us, it comes as no surprise that those who are most affected by these hostile actions are women—working women on the front lines as the majority of service workers, women who are single heads of households, women who are newly unemployed as businesses shutter and those in pink collar administrative positions are laid off. Hunger in the wake of COVID-19 is being felt acutely by women across every sector and in every community. Indeed, earlier this month, [...]

By |May 29, 2020|Press Hits|

Coronavirus pandemic forces millions of working women into “impossible” roles

By KELSEY MICKLAS The unemployment crisis sparked by the global coronavirus pandemic has delivered an unprecedented blow to women in the United States -- hitting women of color particularly hard. Dr. Nicole Mason, President and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research says that's largely due in part to their "over-representation" in service sector-based jobs -- an area that has suffered the greatest impact since the pandemic's start. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for women in April was [...]

By |May 28, 2020|Press Hits|
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