4W Cares: COVID-19

Disparities Unmasked: COVID-19, Gender, and Equity for All

Leaders Samantha Crowley, Lori DiPrete Brown, and a team of students from Lori’s summer class have been conducting research on the impacts of COVID-19 on women.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have mirrored the inequalities that are built into almost every aspect of our lives, from housing to health care to sick leave policies. The direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have differential impacts on men and women in the United States and around the world. While men are more likely to experience severe illness if they contract COVID-19, women are more likely to bear the social and economic hardships associated with the pandemic. Those who are marginalized related to race, socioeconomic status, sexuality, ability, and gender identity are at even higher risk, in terms of both illness and associated socioeconomic impacts. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted access to healthcare due to safety and exposure concerns, appointment availability, and loss of insurance. As a result, access to services such as contraception, abortion, and other time-sensitive care have been compromised. In addition to the impacts on reproductive health there are delays in care for chronic conditions, mental health, pain management, and preventative health services. This will invariably lead to secondary health consequences for women as a result of the pandemic. When analyzing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic we must be cognizant of these disproportionate impacts faced by women, girls, and gender non-conforming people all over the world. Thus, to achieve equity, we must enact gender-informed policies to ensure the safety, health, and rights of all people. This report will provide a review of selected impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls and present policy recommendations that can lessen the harmful impacts of this pandemic.
Disparities Unmasked: COVID-19, Gender, and Equity for All
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