The pandemic has hit women hard
The impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their gender. More women have been diagnosed with COVID-19 than men and more women have died as a result.
This could be due to factors such as the high ratio of women who work on the front lines of health services, caregiving, cleaning, and other essential roles where workers are at high risk of contracting the virus.
Women and girls who face intersecting barriers and discrimination may experience additional challenges related to the pandemic. In the case of Black women, they sit squarely at the intersection of multiple systems of oppression, and are experiencing a disproportionate loss of life and livelihood in the era of Covid-19.
According to a report by the nonprofit organization Lean In, Black women are nearly twice as likely as White men to say that they’ve been laid off, furloughed, or had their hours and/or pay reduced because of the pandemic. Black women are twice as likely than White men to say that they wouldn’t be able to afford basic necessities for more than one month if they lost their income.
This is more evidence that women, particularly Black women, need to be involved in the Covid-19 recovery programs - from design to implementation. Programs like, subsidized daycare and childcare, sponsorship of women-led businesses and entrepreneurship and bettering wages for essential and personal support workers.