Covid-19 and gender equality
26 April 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
This lunch hour lecture will investigate the gender gaps in remaining in employment, being furloughed and pay by using the data from four British nationally representative cohort studies a year into the Covid-19 pandemic.
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About the lecture:
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unexpected disruption to Western countries and studies suggest this has affected women more adversely than men. This is because they were over-represented in the most affected sectors of the economy and women, especially mothers, took a bigger share of housework and childcare responsibilities following school closures. We investigate the gender gaps in remaining in employment, being furloughed and pay by using the data from four British nationally representative cohort studies a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. Our findings confirm that the adverse labour market effects were still experienced by women a year into the covid-19 pandemic but adjusting for pre-pandemic job characteristics substantially attenuates the gaps. These effects are likely to have long lasting implications for women’s longer-term position and the progress towards gender equality.
This event is part of UCL's 'Stand with Hope' campaign, a series of activities and events aimed at generating discussion on the gender inequalities that persist in the UK, and mark the display of Hope the Lego Suffragette at UCL. Join the conversation using #StandwithHope.
About the Speaker
Dr Bożena Wielgoszewska
Research Associate at UCL
Dr Bożena Wielgoszewska is a Research Associate dividing her time between the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and Quantitative Social Science, Social Research Institute. Bożena’s research interests include social and economic inequalities, people’s mobility across these strata, the causes and consequences of this mobility, as well as the mechanism that either facilitate or impede it. Bozena is one of the co-investigators on the The Gender Wage Gap: evidence from the cohort studies project.