Table Talk Online: Impact of COVID-19 on Women – April 23, 2020

As Women Creating Change transitioned Table Talk from an in-person lunch series to an online event, we were so pleased to have so many participate in a discussion with Jacqueline M. Ebanks, Executive Director of Commission on Gender Equity, Office of the Mayor, The City of New York and former Executive Director of WCC.

Ms. Ebanks and moderator (Grace) Angela Henry, a WCC lifetime member, led a dynamic conversation about how COVID-19 is intensifying gender inequities across the board. The conversation discussed the impact of COVID-19 on women, resources that are available, and creative ways to address the challenges. 

They discussed unique challenges for women amid the pandemic, including high levels of unemployment (nearly 60% of job losses are among women); risks for essential workers (52% of whom are women, with 77% in healthcare); the dangers of domestic violence during quarantine; and the burden of increased caregiving responsibilities.

We will emerge from this unprecedented time in a new world with different priorities, and equity must be a focus.

Ms. Ebanks also reminded participants that the New York City government remains an excellent resource for everything from mental health support to access to food. Please utilize the many resources that are available and/or share with your networks. You can also contact the Commission on Gender Equity at [email protected].