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Info on Gender in COVID Impact

These links were contributed as a resource for Project Rebound / Rebuilding Nonprofit & Community Organizations Team by team member Leigh Ann Carver.

The Wage Gap Has Made Things Worse for Women on the Front Lines of COVID-19, National Women’s Law Center

At-a-glance view of numbers illustrating the extent to which women, and women of color in particular, work in sectors most impacted by COVID-19, as people providing essential services – child care, health care, and grocery stores – and as employees in the industries shedding jobs as a result of the public health crisis – like restaurants, retail, and hotels. Work in these sectors is often low paid and lacking in paid leave, health insurance, and child care. Many women, especially women of color, in these low-paid jobs — and the families who depend on their income – are experiencing disparate impacts of COVID-19. Forty-one percent of mothers are the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, and they typically make only 69 cents on the dollar compared to fathers.

Putting A Gender Lens On COVID-19: Thought Leaders Weigh In

Forbes asked leaders like Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Tony Porter of A Call to Men, and several others what we need to do to address issues they are observing such as the disparate impact of increasing unpaid labor on women and the ways in which rigid gender norms negatively impact men’s health.

UN resources:

The Shadow Pandemic: How the Covid-19 Crisis Is Exacerbating Gender Inequality – quick-read web article

COVID-19 a Gender Lens brief document on how disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups worse. Women represent 70 percent of the health and social sector workforce globally and special attention should be given to how their work environment may expose them to discrimination, as well as thinking about their sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs as frontline health workers.

Policy Brief on COVID Impact on Women Fuller treatment of how the pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.

Leigh Ann Carver
Director of Communications & Advancement
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA