Women’s Resilience, Resourcefulness and Relationships Provide the Foundation for Pandemic Recovery
As numerous reports confirm, during the pandemic women have shouldered a greater share of domestic responsibilities, in addition to their jobs. A recent McKinsey study found mothers are more than three times as likely to meet the majority of the demands for housework and caregiving during the pandemic, compared with fathers. The burden is even greater if a woman works from home. We have all either experienced or heard about the exhausting task of trying to “balance” the roles of parent, teacher, cook, daycare worker, maid, and breadwinner during the past 15 months.
The disproportionately negative impacts of the pandemic on women are not only affecting us today but will likely carry on into the future. However, there are ways to minimize these impacts, and even reverse the negative trends, for women, our male champions, and organizations that support and reap the benefits of gender equality.
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“Women’s Resilience, Resourcefulness and Relationships Provide the Foundation for Pandemic Recovery,” by Stacy D. Phillips was published in the Los Angeles Business Journal on June 14, 2021.