In the two years since the arrival of COVID-19 in the United States upended our economy and our lives, ongoing uncertainty about the future has become a constant for many. Although the pandemic-induced recession is officially over, and we are in a period of economic recovery—due in large part to the American Rescue Plan Act and other robust relief measures enacted in 2020 and 2021—millions of people lost jobs and income that they have not yet recovered.
To better understand the impact of the pandemic on women and their families, NWLC collaborated with Sprout Insight to conduct in-depth interviews and focus groups with women around the country in December 2021, and with polling firm GQR to conduct a nationally representative mixed mode survey of 3,800 adults from February 7–25, 2022. At the state level, we oversampled residents of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and West Virginia.
In Resilient But Not Recovered: After Two Years of the COVID-19 Crisis, Women Are Still Struggling, NWLC combines analysis of federal data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau with the findings from this qualitative and quantitative research to reveal how women are really faring at work and in their lives after two years of a punishing pandemic. And in profiles drawn from the polling data, NWLC spotlights the experiences of four groups who were especially hard-hit by the pandemic, and who were failed by U.S. policies long before the pandemic began: Black women, Latinas, mothers, and LGBTQ women and nonbinary people.