Research and Policy Brief
Utah Women & Leadership Project
The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020–2021 has impacted all Utahns in profound ways. Yet, a host of national and global reports have argued that women’s employment and careers have been disproportionately impacted during this time. For example, a McKinsey & Company and Lean In report stated that women are more likely to have been laid off or furloughed, leading to greater financial instability and stalled careers. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported that women, and particularly women of color, have unduly experienced job losses and have had greater struggles with managing paid work, caregiving responsibilities, and other types of unpaid work obligations. And the United Nations asserted that the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened preexisting inequalities across every sphere, including a global economy.
Hansen, J., Hartwell, C., & Madsen, S. R. (2021, April 6). The impact of COVID-19 on Utah women and work: Changes, burnout, & hope. Utah Research & Policy Brief. https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/briefs/30-impact-of-covid-19-on-utah-women-work-changes-burnout-hope.pdf