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‘They go to mommy first’ - How the pandemic is disproportionately disrupting mothers’ careers

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    So not only is this pandemic disproportionately affecting communities of color in its rates of infection / death and impact on employment and housing, but it is also reinforcing the gender...

    A pre-print of a study soon to be published in the academic journal Gender, Work & Organization showed that in heterosexual couples where both the mother and father were continuously employed and have children under 13, mothers “have reduced their work hours four to five times more than fathers.” This has exacerbated the gender gap in work hours by 20 to 50 percent, the study found.

    While the parents examined in this study were not a nationally representative group — they are dual earning, straight married couples who tended to be middle or upper class, and many had jobs that could be done from home — the study’s findings were consistent with other research about who handles the majority of child care during the pandemic.

    A Syracuse University research brief examined data from the Census Household Pulse survey, conducted in late April and early May, and found that over 80 percent of U.S. adults who weren’t working because they had to care for their children who were not in school or day care were women.

    So not only is this pandemic disproportionately affecting communities of color in its rates of infection / death and impact on employment and housing, but it is also reinforcing the gender employment gap as well as more women are reducing their hours to assist with childcare.

    This pandemic is really just exposing all of the worst failings of American life.

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