The Burden of Lockdown: Understanding Gender Inequality in the Midst of COVID-19

It will come as no surprise that, in many countries of the world, housework and care are still mainly seen as ‘a woman’s job.’ Despite many having full- or part-time work, women today are juggling the roles of housekeeper and cook at home. Research shows that the time women spend on these activities increases if they have care responsibilities at home. This is especially prevalent in households living below the poverty line.

As millions of people retreat into their homes in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, many women have added teacher, daycare provider, remote worker, and nurse to their daily repertoire. It has been argued that the implications of lockdown – especially when more people become symptomatic – will disproportionately affect women and their work productivity. In times of uncertainty, change, and anxiety it can be asked: who bears the burden at home?

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April 9, 2020

Global AffairsHealth and SocietyCoronavirusCOVID-19digest159Estela RiveroGender InequalityGlobal AffairsKeough School of Global AffairsPulte Institute for Global DevelopmentResearchWomen