Essential Equity: Women, COVID-19 and Rebuilding CT

Essential Equity: Women, COVID-19 and Rebuilding CT

The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have disproportionately impacted women and girls, especially those of color, and an equitable recovery will require significant investments in improving access to child care, health care, and affordable housing, as well as a commitment to closing gender and racial wage gaps and preventing discrimination and harassment, a report from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven finds. Based on publicly available survey data, the report, Essential Equity: Women, COVID-19 and Rebuilding CT (48 pages, PDF), found that in Connecticut, Black and Latinx residents were significantly more likely than white residents to know someone who had tested positive for, been hospitalized for, or died from COVID-19; that 36 percent of initial unemployment claims filed by women were filed by women of color and 75 percent were filed by those without college degrees; that an estimated 20 percent of Black women were behind on their rent or mortgage payments; and that 75 percent of Latinas reported experiencing mental health issues. Funded by the Aurora Women and Girls FoundationFairfield County's Community Foundation's Fund for Women & GirlsCommunity Fund for Women and Girls of the Community Foundation for Greater New HavenNorthwest Connecticut Community Foundation (in honor of its Women and Girls Fund), and Women & Girls Funds of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the report also found that nearly half of Connecticut's childcare slots could be lost as a result of the pandemic, and that 94 percent of families of color in the state cannot afford high-quality child care. 

(Photo credit: Community Foundation for Greater New Haven)

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