Case Report Week of April 27, 2020: A Woman's Work is Never Done

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You're reading Case Report, a weekly digest of our expert network's best research, analysis, and policy recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families lives have been turned upside by the social and economic impacts of the pandemic - and, as is so often the case, women are bearing the brunt of the burden. Our issue this week examines how women and their families are faring in this new reality.

The news media’s reporting on a pandemic spike in violence against women. It might actually be declining.

In this fascinating opinion piece, political scientists Mala Htun and Francesca Jensenius lend their insight as gender violence experts to contextualize the increased reporting around domestic violence since the beginning of the pandemic. [Washington Post]

Congress does not "care" about my American family

Sociologist Jane Lily López tells the story of her own mixed-status family, highlighting how stimulus funds exclude families in which one parent does not have a social security number. [The Appeal]

The "women's work" of the pandemic

Sociologist Sarah Bowen explains for Vox why the invisible labor of womanhood - figuring out how to get food on the table, for example - has increased in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Vox]

This is hard for everyone. It's even harder for parents who don't make much money.

Remember that Econofact brief on working families by economist Elizabeth Ananat and public policy researcher Anna Gassman-Pines that we featured a few weeks ago? Their research was covered in this  sweeping overview of how middle-class families are adjusting to the crisis. (Hint: not well.) [FiveThirtyEight]