COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting women and girls around the world. In times of crisis, violence against women and girls increases, this is true for the COVID-19 pandemic. Women are hit harder by economic fallout. Women are placed at increased risk of infection, making up 70% of the global health workforce.
Around the world, coronavirus has both highlighted and worsened existing inequalities
Women are getting vaccinated at a far higher rate — about 10 percentage points — than men, even though the male-female divide is roughly even in the nation’s overall population. The trend is worrisome to many, especially as vaccination rates have dipped a bit recently.
COVID-19 has made it impossible to deny the ways broken systems hurt women. TIME spoke with women who have found the strength to work toward a better future.
By now, every corner of the world has felt the devastating impact of the pandemic, and women and girls in science are on the front lines of response. They are healthcare workers and innovators. They are researching vaccines and pioneering treatments. They are leading us toward a safer world, and inspiring the next generation of girls to be forces of good in science and tech.
While men over 50 tend to suffer the most acute symptoms of coronavirus, women who get long Covid outnumber men by as much as four to one
COVID-19 doesn’t strike the sexes equally. Globally, for every 10 COVID-19 intensive care unit admissions among women, there are 18 for men; for every 10 women who die of COVID-19, 15 men die. In the United States, a gender gap is emerging in vaccination rates, with women ahead of men by 6 percentage points, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And rare adverse effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine appear to strike women more frequently, whereas those from the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines more often affect young men.
The data we do have has shed fresh light on gender equality and unequal experiences of COVID-19. The main challenge now will be to harness this new data and analysis and translate it into policy actions that lead us out of the crisis stronger and better prepared for the future.
Even before COVID-19, women were playing on an uneven field. Now the pandemic is making everything worse. Women have been losing their jobs at higher rates than men. They are disproportionately represented in hourly jobs that don’t offer paid sick leave. And women of color are more likely to be risking their own health as frontline workers.
The virus has exposed gender fault lines in myriad ways. Nahla Valji, senior gender adviser at the UN, unpacks them.
Improvements in gender equality in the workplace may be another casualty of the coronavirus, as women find their place in the work force more at risk.
Enough already. When people try to be cheerful about social distancing and working from home, noting that William Shakespeare and Isaac Newton did some of their best work while England was ravaged by the plague, there is an obvious response: Neither of them had child-care responsibilities.
For now, many women are too busy trying to hold everything together to translate this anger into political action. But could this heightened awareness of the modern economy’s unfair load shape politics over the next decade?
Men produce a weaker immune response to the virus than do women, the study finds.
Men and women tend to respond differently to many kinds of vaccines. That’s probably because of a mix of factors, including hormones, genes and the dosing of the shots.
The pandemic has revealed how vulnerable we all are — just one errant droplet away from illness and disability. But just as Black and brown people are more threatened by the virus, they are also more threatened by a scarcity of work.