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’s Jobs Fell First, Fastest. What Else Did Pandemic Show?

by Jessica Mendoza and Samantha Laine Perfas Millions of women, especially women of color, left the U.S. workforce during the pandemic. The reasons ranged from layoffs to burnout to the pressures of caring for children or other family members. Among the losses, by some accounts, is a generation’s worth of progress in women’s participation in the workforce. But it’s more than sheer numbers. “What the pandemic has really shone a spotlight on is all the weak points in our system [...]

By |July 12, 2021|Press Hits|

Student Parents are Key to Our Post-Pandemic Recovery

By Larissa M. Mercado-Lopez As students quickly shifted to remote learning with the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Ashley de Jesus shifted to another reality — parenthood. In addition to adjusting to a new learning landscape, Ashley, a single mother, found herself navigating a social welfare system whose offices were being shuttered. She recalls feeling unmotivated to study as she continued to work (virtually) and adjust to a newborn. She even considered taking a semester off. But the promise she [...]

By |July 8, 2021|Press Hits|

New Jobs Report Shows Strong Growth—But Increase in Unemployment Highlights Persistent Challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 2, 2021 Contact: Erin Weber | weber@iwpr.org | (646) 719-7021 Washington, DC – This month’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) confirms substantial growth, with 405,000 new jobs on payroll for women (47.6% of 850,000 total). Yet, women’s jobs on payroll are still 3.8 million below pre-COVID-19 level, a greater number of jobs still missing than for men (3 million fewer jobs). Women gained jobs in most sectors, with the strongest growth [...]

By |July 2, 2021|Press Releases|

Knowing What Your Co-Worker Makes Doesn’t Close the Pay Gap

By Emma Goldberg Carolyn Kopprasch earns $225,000 a year. Maria Thomas makes $267,890. Then comes Darcy Peters with a salary of $105,143. That information, taken in before I exchange pleasantries with these women, feels almost illicit — like the confessions of a stranger oversharing at a bar. We’ve never spoken before, and there is a certain intimacy that comes from picking up the phone to call someone knowing nothing but her name and her salary. And there is also, some [...]

By |July 1, 2021|Press Hits|

To Stop “She-Cession”, Employers Need to Better Meet Women’s Work Needs, Advocates Say

By Kim Glovas Women have been hit with unemployment and job insecurity much harder than men during the pandemic. That was the focus of a Women 100 conference last week hosted by Drexel University's Institute for Women's Health and Leadership. Women 100 was founded to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the right to vote for women in America, and to continue the work for gender equity. Close to 900,000 women left the workforce during the pandemic, according to the National [...]

By |June 20, 2021|Press Hits|

Impact of She-Cession Not Being Felt Equally Among Women, Experts Say

By Brianna Kudisch State officials, policymakers, and leading academics virtually met Friday morning to discuss the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women and offer policy solutions, during the New Jersey Treasurer’s symposium on COVID, women, and the economy. Partly inspired by NJ Advance Media’s reporting on the pandemic’s impact on women, the event featured speakers on two panels, ranging from academics, legislators, and members of Gov. Phil Murphy’s cabinet, along with stories from regular New Jersey women. “There’s an old African [...]

By |June 4, 2021|Press Hits|
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