The Shecession, Domestic Violence, and Other Health Challenges Women Face During the Pandemic

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The Shecession, Domestic Violence, and Other Health Challenges Women Face During the Pandemic


Most of my readers know that I specialize in helping men at my website MenAlive.com. Yet, I’ve always known that men’s health and women’s health can’t be separated. Men and women may be different in many ways, but like the pandemic, we are all in this together. But, we’re not in this together in the same way. The truth is, as in life, women and men face different challenges from the pandemic. 

While we’re still dealing with the medical issues of Covid-19, we’re beginning to restart the economy. Though the economic downturn and unemployment have impacted both men and women, it has been women who are the most adversely affected. According to an article by Gender Reporter Alisha Haridasani Gupta in the New York Times, “The scale of the crisis is unlike anything since the Great Depression. And for the first time in decades, this crisis has a predominantly nonwhite, female face.” 

“I think we should go ahead and call this a ‘shecession’,” said C. Nicole Mason, president and chief executive of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in a nod to the 2008 recession that came to be known as the “mancession” because more men were affected.

The article goes on to cite figures showing that women accounted for 55 percent of the 20.5 million jobs lost in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, raising the unemployment rate for adult women to about 15 percent from 3.1 percent in February. Women of color fared worse, with…

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