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New Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Shows Coronavirus Weighs More Heavily on Women

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation took a look at more than 1,200 Americans between March 11 and March 15 and found that stressors connected to the coronavirus have been negatively impacting women more than men.

Caitlin Mullen, Biswomen contributor for The Business Journals, notes that “the coronavirus pandemic has meant keeping another ball in the air for women juggling work, family, and more” as women now have to work “more paid hours than ever while handling the bulk of household and family duties.

According to the survey: 68 percent of women are worried about a family member becoming sick with COVID-19 compared to 56 percent of men, 50 percent of women are worried about losing income due to closures or reduced hours compared to 42 percent of men, 25 percent of women indicate that they are unable to continue their work remotely compared to 13 percent of men, and 39 percent of women worry that having to work outside of the home will put them at greater risk compared to 31 percent of men.

Women are also less likely to be told to work from home than men (15 percent compared to 26 percent) and less women were offered paid or unpaid leave (11 percent compared to 20 percent).

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