Feminist Economic Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Naila Kabeer, Shahra Razavi & Yana van der Meulen Rodgers
Taylor & Francis Group, 2021
Level: advanced
Perspective: Feminist Economics
Topic: Capitalism, consumption, Crisis, Feminism, labour & care
Format: Working paper/Journal article
Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13545701.2021.1876906?utm_medium=email&utm_source=EmailStudio&utm_campaign=JQC19215_3955091

Abstract from the Taylor & Francis website: This article provides a contextual framework for understanding the gendered dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic and its health, social, and economic outcomes. The pandemic has generated massive losses in lives, impacted people’s health, disrupted markets and livelihoods, and created profound reverberations in the home. In 112 countries that reported sex-disaggregated data on COVID-19 cases, men showed an overall higher infection rate than women, and an even higher mortality rate. However, women’s relatively high representation in sectors hardest hit by lockdown orders has translated into larger declines in employment for women than men in numerous countries. Evidence also indicates that stay-at-home orders have increased unpaid care workloads, which have fallen disproportionately to women. Further, domestic violence has increased in frequency and severity across countries. The article concludes that policy response strategies to the crisis by women leaders have contributed to more favorable outcomes compared to outcomes in countries led by men.

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