Gender inequalities during COVID-19

Author/editor: Dr Alexandra N. Fisher and Professor Michelle K. Ryan
Published in (Monograph or Journal): Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
Year published: 2021
Volume no.: Vol. 24(2) 237– 245


The onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to progress toward gender equality and, instead, exacerbated existing gender inequalities across domains—from gendered divisions of labour to economic stability. In this paper, the authors document some of the most glaring gender inequalities that have arisen in the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss how social psychological theories and research—including work on gender stereotypes and roles, responses to threat, precarious masculinity, perceptions of risk, and backlash—can help to explain the roots of these inequalities.

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