Why coronavirus is fuelling an economic crisis that will hit women the hardest

As we spend more weeks separated from family and friends in isolation, the idea that we are “all in this together” is of some comfort. The virus has even been called the “great equaliser” – meaning that it shows no respect for factors like power, authority, nationality or race. Millions of people have been furloughed or made redundant – and data shows the economic fallout of coronavirus is affecting women more severely than men. “Added to this, we see women still undertaking the majority of unpaid domestic labour including childcare, care for parents and disabled or ill family members. “This care work is very hard to balance with paid employment and so it's likely we will see more women be forced out of the labour market, particularly at a time where we are facing recession.” To prevent coronavirus from spreading further, the closure of schools and nurseries was essential. We may see implications on careers.” Crucially, Sang adds, the current crisis may well exacerbate disparities that already pose a problem for women in the workplace.