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The gendered pandemic : The implications of COVID-19 for work and family Yavorsky, Jill E.; Qian, Yue; Sargent, Amanda C.


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly all aspects of society since its onset in early 2020. In addition to infecting and taking the lives of millions of global citizens, the pandemic has fundamentally changed family and work patterns. The pandemic and associated mitigation measures increased unemployment rates, amplified health risks for essential workers required to work on-site, and led to unprecedented rates of telecommuting. Additionally, due to school/daycare closures and social distancing, many parents lost access to institutional and informal childcare support during the COVID-19 crisis. Such losses in childcare support significantly impacted the paid and unpaid labor of parents, particularly of mothers. In this article, we synthesize recent research on pandemic-related changes to work and family in the United States. Applying an intersectionality lens, we discuss the gendered implications of these changes. Because gender inequality in family and work are connected, COVID-19 has, in many cases, deepened pre-existing gender inequalities in both realms.

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