EBRD Chief Economist Beata Javorcik explores how COVID-19 has worsened gender inequalities in the workplace due to childcare expectations


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EBRD's Beata Javorcik on COVID impact on gender inequality

 June 09, 2021

COVID-19 has set back gender equality, says the EBRD Chief Economist Beata Javorcik in an article for Politico titled 'How the glass ceiling survived the pandemic'.

Beata explores how women have taken up a larger share of unpaid house and care work, while men's careers were prioritized. She cites studies from the U.K. and the U.S., where women did more homeschooling hours than men, had to work in a shared space while men worked in a home office, and were one and a half times more likely to have lost or left a job during lockdown.

"Women who took a break from employment during the pandemic risk being stigmatized as having chosen “the mommy track,” and dismissed as not serious about their careers," Beata writes. 

"During the past year these longstanding inequalities have been hidden in plain sight, with colleagues and spouses looking on from the next room and through screens. Instead of being recognized for what they are, however, the imbalance continues."

Read the full article by the EBRD's Beata Javorcik.

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