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The Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Working Mothers in Same-Sex Relationships in the United States

Bhayana, Brittney

Since early 2020, the United States has been battling the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic that has forced businesses to close, schools to move to remote learning and triggered nationwide shelter-in-place mandates. While the crisis continues to unfold, much attention has been given to the extraordinary burden that the pandemic has placed on families with children who have been mandated to stay home during school and day care closures. Particularly, women have left the work force in record numbers as they have taken on a majority load of care work and have been forced to make difficult decisions to balance their responsibilities.

Through interviews with mothers from both heterosexual and same-sex partnerships, this study highlights the unique challenges that mothers have faced throughout the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic in the United States both at home and in the workplace. Touching on issues surrounding child care, workplace accommodations and mental health, these interviews paint a diverse picture of the struggles plaguing mothers in the current climate. Insights collected from these interviews as well as quantitative national survey data and government economic reports highlight the incredible toll that the pandemic has taken on working mothers in both same-sex and heterosexual partnerships in order to draw a comparison between these two groups.

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Academic Units
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Thesis Advisors
Milstein, Denise
M.A., Columbia University
Published Here
August 10, 2022