Professor Ewig Leads Research on Race and Gender Inequities Caused by the Pandemic
December 9, 2020

Professor Christina Ewig led the research team for the report, “COVID-19’s Unequal Impacts on Minnesota Workers,” released in December 2020 by the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy. Their analysis reveals clear patterns by which women, men, and different racial and ethnic groups in Minnesota have been distinctly impacted by workplace closures and modifications as a result of COVID-19. The data show a dual vulnerability for women on the whole, and one faced disproportionately by women of color: these workers are concentrated in the essential workforce with high risk of virus transmission and have been particularly vulnerable to layoffs. Other demographic groups, especially white men, are more likely to work in low-risk essential positions or have been able to work from home.