COVID-19 has upended daily life, including scientific research. However, the pandemic has not impacted men and women equally. While women scientists seem to be submitting fewer papers for publication, men are submitting more.
In a recently published editorial for Science, Caitlyn Collins, assistant professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences, said gender equity in science has always been an issue because in most households, women perform the bulk of child care and housework. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem.
“Nothing is likely to change until there are policies to support parents, not just in academia but in all walks of life,” she wrote. Read the full editorial.