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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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|

Pay, Promotions And Workplace Equity During (And After) The Pandemic

Listen to the Radio Interview Due to the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, women are leaving their jobs or scaling back work responsibilities at alarming rates. And in part, it’s because of the still-ingrained expectation that women are responsible for child care. From Chabeli Carrrazana, writing for The 19th: For the first time since they began a consistent upward climb in the labor force in the 1970s, women are now suffering the repercussions of a system that still treats them unequally. [...]

By |September 24, 2020|Press Hits|

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 [...]

By |September 19, 2020|Press Hits|
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