"Everything Is On Hold": Career Advancement Challenges for Women During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020–2021 has impacted every individual in significant ways. Yet, research has found that women have been even more negatively impacted than men. Understanding the career advancement challenges US women have faced this past year is important in terms of ensuring a more equitable recovery. To better understand women’s experiences, Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) researchers conducted an extensive, in-depth survey focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 on Utah women and work. Although Utah is the sample, the results have applications to women in the US and beyond. One of the primary themes regarding career advancements during the pandemic uncovered in the study was the concept of “Everything Is on Hold.”

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