Closing schools was supposed to decrease possible COVID contacts, helping to flatten the curve. But opening schools might actually be safer than the unregulated alternatives that parents have come up with for educating and caring for their kids during the workday.
It is clear the pandemic has bolstered support for a neoliberal framework for higher education, where certain forms of labor go unrecognized and the financial bottom line takes precedence over all else. It is also clear the most affected entities in this crisis are, unsurprisingly, gender and women’s studies, ethnic studies, Latinx studies, Asian American studies, African American studies and Indigenous studies programs.
Bustling downtown streets have been quieted by the pandemic. Some see an opportunity for cities to rethink the role of workspace-laden neighborhoods by converting idled office space into new residential projects, especially affordable housing.
Reports of violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic have increased around the world as many women and girls are locked down in their homes with their abusers, isolated from support networks and services.
The international community needs to take concrete actions to fund responses to combat violence against women and girls year-round—not just during an annual 16 day campaign.
Whether out of malice or genuine alarm, false stories about COVID-19 are continuing to circulate.
Here are a few steps you can take to evaluate news stories that are blowing up your feed or finding their way into your DMs.
Many women in many dual-parent households have dropped out of the workforce during the pandemic to carry this domestic load, but most solo moms can’t do that. We have to keep the plates spinning as best we can. I wonder about all the other pandemic lock-in kids living in single-mother households—roughly one quarter of the U.S. population.
“My parents, understandably, do not want me to come home for the holidays—the risk for everyone is too high. … I will imagine my path home now, so I may travel it tomorrow.”
In this edition of the Weekly Pulse: Thanksgiving could become a “massive superspreader event”; experts grow “more and more concerned” as Trump stalls transition of power; a global rundown on the state of reproductive health and rights; and, a look at how school reopenings have been prioritized in Europe.
COVID-19 has left no one untouched, but it has had an especially pernicious impact on girls—most particularly those from already marginalized communities.
From a dramatic rise in sex trafficking in Malawi, to spiraling rates of sexual violence in India, from subversive restrictions on access to abortion in the U.S. to an increase in teen pregnancy and female genital mutilation in Kenya, it is clear that COVID-19 is an existential threat to gender equality.
With a threatened mass exodus of women from the work force, the pandemic is prompting a national conversation about the plight of working women and the issues that impede their success at work.
If greater attention is paid to these issues, this pandemic-fueled recession could enable the future inclusion of women in the workplace for three reasons.