Research and Policy Brief
Utah Women & Leadership Project
The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020–21 has affected workers across the globe, and women in the workforce have been disproportionately impacted, including those who live in Utah. The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah reported that from 2019 to 2020, jobs held by women declined at a rate more than double that of men, and unemployment rose more for females than males. One major reason for these discrepancies is likely the disproportionate burden women have carried for childcare and homeschooling children as daycare facilities and schools have been closed in efforts to curb the spread of the virus. In fact, one national report stated that mothers in dual-income households were three times more likely than fathers to bear the main responsibility for most of the housework and childcare.
Christensen, M., & Madsen, S. R. (2021, July 14). The impact of COVID-19 on Utah women and work: Caregiver experiences. Utah Research & Policy Brief. https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/briefs/35-covid-19-caregiver-experiences.pdf