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New Work Culture May Lead to Narrower Pay Gap Between Moms and Dads

Billions of children are out of school during the current global pandemic and major adjustments in households across the nation are being made to manage a new routine. Moms are assisting with online learning, dads are serving up snacks and both are turning to TikTok when they run out of fun ideas. However, new research shows that the disruption to everyday life may predict two major outcomes for gender equality. According to CNN , researchers Matthias Doepke and Jane Olmstead-Rumsey of Northwestern University, Titan Alon of the University of California San Diego and Michèle Tertilt of the University of Mannheim report that moms will shoulder the majority of childcare duties during the pandemic. However, now that fathers are forced into stay-at-home dad roles, the shift in gender roles may lead to greater gender equality post-quarantine. Women are on the frontlines. As COVID-19 cases surge, healthcare and other essential professionals are working more, longer hours. The U.S. Labor of...

Niki McGloster

Apr 3, 2020