Helena Connell, '22
The Crisis of Caregiving: How COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacts Women
My project, which I titled the Crisis of Caregiving, focused on the double burden working women have been facing during this pandemic, primarily the pressure to excel in caregiving work, both professionally and domestically. While this pressure to some extent pre-dated the pandemic, I was struck by the statistic that 77 percent of women comprised the essential care workforce in 2020. And with the media spending so much time and rightfully so on thanking healthcare workers, I wondered how these women juggled this kind of work, often which required them to continue to work outside the home, with their roles as mothers and wives, especially given the closure of schools and reconfiguration of home and work life generally.
To this day, now over a year into the pandemic, although many women are frustrated by this heightened association with caregiving, many are also questioning past choices and considering prioritizing family over career more than they have in the past.