COVID-19 and Recovery Response2020-11-01T18:10:57+00:00

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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Women are Falling Further Behind Men in the Recovery and are 5.8 Million Jobs below pre-COVID Employment Levels, Compared with 5.0 million fewer Jobs for Men

New jobs figures from September show much less job growth than in the previous month, particularly for women, according to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics latest Employment Situation release. Women’s official rates unemployment fell, while the number of women who are no longer actively looking for work increased.

By |October 6, 2020|Employment and Earnings, Quick Figure|

Facing dual challenges of work and home-schooling, more women are sacrificing their careers

As virtual schooling ramps up in some areas, women are being forced to make the choice between caring for their children or prioritizing their own career.

By |October 5, 2020|Press Hits|

‘This Is Too Much’: Working Moms Are Reaching The Breaking Point During The Pandemic

By ANDREA HSU Youli Lee is proud of the years she worked for the U.S. government, prosecuting cybercrime in some of the world's darkest places. These days, she's the one hiding out — mostly from her three children, ages 8, 11, and 13. "I just actually locked my door so that nobody could come here," she says, from her bedroom. The constant interruptions from children are happening in households across the country. Nearly half of all school districts in the U.S. started [...]

By |September 30, 2020|Press Hits|

Mothers Are 3 Times More Likely Than Fathers to Have Lost Jobs in Pandemic

By: Tim Henderson Mothers of small children have lost work at three times the rate of fathers in the pandemic, a situation that threatens not only progress toward gender equity but middle-class income gains that have become increasingly dependent on working women. Mothers of children 12 years old and younger lost nearly 2.2 million jobs between February and August, a 12% drop, a Stateline analysis found. Fathers of small children saw a 4% drop of about 870,000 jobs. The loss was even worse [...]

By |September 28, 2020|Press Hits|

Pandemic Will ‘Take Our Women 10 Years Back’ in the Workplace

Improvements in gender equality in the workplace may be another casualty of the coronavirus, as women find their place in the work force more at risk. By Amanda Taub As if working mothers did not have enough to worry about, experts are now sounding the alarm that progress toward gender equality may be the latest in a long list of casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. Substantial research has shown that most professional gender gaps are in fact motherhood gaps: women without children [...]

By |September 26, 2020|Press Hits|
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