29 Jun 2020

Gendered impacts of COVID-19 on the medical research workforce

Women are poorly represented in the STEM workforce and COVID-19
has increased inequities.
Gendered impacts of COVID-19 on the medical research workforce 

Reproduced from Monash Lens 24 June 2020
featuring Dr Jess Borger

"We're all in this together" has been the rallying cry from our political leaders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously the current crisis has impacted us all, including the medical research workforce, but some have experienced inequities more severely than others.

The economic and social consequences of the current crisis have reinforced gender inequality across the globe, threatening to stifle the growth of equality gains within the medical research workforce that were decades in the making.

Women are poorly represented in the STEM workforce. Within academia, disparity in the distribution of domestic unpaid workloads (64% compared to 36% men), responsibility for tasks with low promotability, and reduced career opportunities are engendered towards women. Obviously, men have been impacted during the current pandemic, too, but COVID-19 has exacerbated these inequities by removing what supports women had in the workplace to support the "baby penalty", including childcare.

Excerpt only. See complete article: lens.monash.edu/@medicine-health/2020/06/24/1380721/gendered-impacts-of-covid-19-on-the-medical-research-workforce

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