The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?

Beyond COVID-19: Closing the Racial Health Gap


The coronavirus pandemic affects women’s health in a multitude of ways. In addition to the threat to women’s physical health, COVID-19 and its ramifications are creating burdens on women that negatively influence their mental, emotional, social, and financial health as well. In these challenging times, SWHR is committed to continuing our work to raise awareness about issues impacting women’s health. On this webpage, you will find original content from SWHR as well as information from reliable, evidence-based sources.

Women’s Health

Understanding Disparities in COVID-19 Research and Response

SWHR Blog, October 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives across the world, but not to the same extent. Vast gender and racial disparities characterize the pandemic in the United States.

Access to Migraine Treatment During COVID-19
The Headache and Migraine Policy Forum, October 2020
The Pandemic is Disproportionately Affecting Women — Here’s Why
National Women’s Health Network, September 9, 2020
Women’s Chronic Illness During a Pandemic: A Virtual Congressional Briefing
Congressional Bipartisan Women’s Caucus, August 14, 2020

Sex Differences

Proper Funding for Women’s Health Research Could Save Lives During a Pandemic

Institute for Research on Public Policy, September 28, 2020

Although steps have been taken to incorporate sex as a biological variable into research, there is a continued lack of analyses of sex and gender across health research areas, hampering crisis response.

Mental Health

How COVID-19’s affecting mental health of women physicians

American Medical Association, October 27, 2020

Covid-19 is impacting rates of physician burnout, particularly for women and people of color. This page from AMA includes information and resources to help.

Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss and Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll
Kaiser Health News, October 15, 2020
The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Outsized Effect on Women’s Mental Health Around the World
Time Magazine, September 24, 2020
Beyond the Case Count: The Wide-Ranging Disparities of COVID-19 in the United States
Commonwealth Fund, September 10, 2020
Coronavirus Is Driving a Telehealth Evolution
SWHR Blog, April 7, 2020

Domestic Violence

26 years in, the Violence Against Women Act hangs in limbo — while COVID fuels a domestic violence surge

The 19th News, September 16, 2020

As COVID-19 appears to be fueling spikes in domestic violence, the Violence Against Women Act — the landmark legislation that enshrined federal protections and support for survivors — remains in a legislative limbo.

A Pandemic within a Pandemic — Intimate Partner Violence during Covid-19
New England Journal of Medicine, September 16, 2020
Rising to the Challenge of Screening for Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19
STAT, July 17, 2020
Not Always Safer at Home: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence
SWHR Blog, April 14, 2020


Deloitte Global research highlights impact of COVID-19 on working women

Deloitte Global, October 28, 2020

Caregiving and other stressors are having a deleterious impact on the careers of working women in the pandemic.

COVID-19–Associated Hospitalizations Among Health Care Personnel
CDC, October 30, 2020
Women, Caregiving, and Covid-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
‘Having it All’ is a Myth. That’s Why We Need Universal Family Care.
Washington Post, August 24, 2020
Experiences of Home Health Care Workers in New York City During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
JAMA Network, August 4, 2020

Pandemic Response

The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?

The New York Times, October 6, 2020

The pandemic is a new setback for women in academia who already faced obstacles on the path to advancing their research and careers.

As Insurers Move this Week to Stop Waiving Telehealth Copays, Patients May Have to Pay More for Virtual Care
Stat News, September 29, 2020
25 Years Wiped Out in 25 weeks: Pandemic Sets the World Back Decades
Politico, September 14, 2020
SWHR Endorses AHRQ Funding Bill for Research on Critical Pandemic Health System Issues
SWHR, August 19, 2020

Testing & Treatment

‘All You Want Is To Be Believed’: Sick With COVID-19 And Facing Racial Bias In The ER

NPR, October 21, 2020

Read how one Latina women’s experience seeking emergency care for COVID-19 typifies the damage of societal normalization of women’s health concerns.

Pregnant and Lactating Women Should Not Be Excluded from Covid-19 Drug, Vaccine Trials
Stat News, September 28, 2020
Among People of Color Asked to Join Covid-19 Vaccine Trials, Worries About Inequities Run Deep
Stat News, September 25, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccines And Therapies Must Work For Black Mothers
Essence, August 21, 2020

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COVID-19, Intersectionality, and the Health of Women
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Telemedicine for Women: Challenges, Promises, and the Road Ahead
November 13, 1 p.m. ET
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