Research and Policy Brief
Utah Women & Leadership Project
The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020–2021 has impacted every Utahn in significant ways. Yet, research has found that women have been even more negatively impacted than men. For example, nearly 3 million American women have left the labor force over the past year and not returned. In Utah, from 2019 to 2020, jobs held by women declined at more than twice the rate of men. In addition, many studies have found that, for American couples, there continue to be gender gaps in household responsibilities even if both individuals work full-time. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported that women, and particularly women of color, have had greater struggles with managing paid work, caregiving responsibilities, and other types of unpaid obligations. Finally, at least one study found that working remotely has benefited men’s careers while halting women’s advancement.
Christensen, M., & Madsen, S. R. (2021, May 5). The impact of COVID-19 on Utah women and work: Career advancement challenges. Utah Research & Policy Brief. https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/briefs/32-covid-19-career-advancement-challenges.pdf