COVID Gendered

We are in unique and uncharted times. As COVID-19 progresses, it is becoming increasingly evident that our society, our economy, and our systems will never be the same.

With uncertainty all around, it is important that we support each other and work to ensure the world that emerges post COVID-19 is more just and equitable. To do that, we need diverse women leading the coming global reset, and and What Will It Take Movements plan to do our part to help make that possible. We are publishing COVID Gendered, a digital newsletter and online platform dedicated to understanding what is happening, highlighting solutions and actions, and building community.

The novel Coronavirus is having a gendered, racialized effect on our society. From reproductive healthcare access to government subsidies to domestic violence survivors to immigrant families—not to mention the fact that 85% of all nurses, 75% of primary caregivers, and 62% of minimum and low-wage workers are women—women’s lives are especially impacted by this pandemic, even more so in communities of color. With COVID Gendered, we will collect news stories, research reports, action items, events, and other forms of content that look at the global crisis through an intersectional gender lens, amplifying efforts to create change.

We are particularly interested in the ways COVID affects women and other marginalized groups differently; how women are stepping up to lead, support each other, and help their broader communities; and how this crisis is forcing us to look at our broken systems and reinvent them in more connected, equitable, and healthy ways.

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Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NO. 12: Hopes for Change and Recovery in 2021

January 28, 2021

The inauguration of the 46th President was a hopeful moment for so many across the country. When Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor swore in Vice President Kamala Harris as the first ever female, Black, and Southeast Asian VP, not to mention highest ranking woman in US history, the nation saw women of color leading like never before—with barrier-breaking institutional power.

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NO. 11: A Look Forward After a Hard 2020

December 17, 2020

It has been an unrelenting and rough year–a global pandemic, national reckoning over systemic racism and racialized police violence, destructive wildfires and hurricanes linked to the climate crisis, and the economic impacts of COVID-19. If we try to find a silver lining in all of this, it could be that these crises have dramatically exposed the many flaws, cracks, and inequities in our systems, giving us a rare opportunity to rebuild in a way that creates new paradigms and values and cares for all members of society equally, as well as the earth.


NO. 10: Gender, the Coronavirus, and the Election: What Happens Next?

October 30, 2020

With the election days away, the US is at a crossroad. The Coronavirus has affected us all but not affected us equally. Women are dropping out of the workforce at rates never seen before. Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Filipino communities have been hit the hardest…




We have big plans to develop COVID Gendered with additional content, resources, actions, events and other special features. Please help us grow our work and make this project sustainable by making a donation. If you are interested in sponsoring this initiative, please contact us.
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