Report: Mothers cut work hours during pandemic; unknown how this will affect their careers

Science Daily takes a look at the findings of one university study about mothers and their working hours during the coronavirus pandemic.

…new research from Washington University in St. Louis finds early evidence that the pandemic has exacerbated — not improved — the gender gap in work hours, which could have enduring consequences for working mothers.

“Our findings indicate mothers are bearing the brunt of the pandemic and may face long-term employment penalties as a consequence,” said Caitlyn Collins, assistant professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences and co-author of the study.

Between March and April, mothers’ work hours fell four to five times as much as fathers’, according to the study first published online in Gender, Work and Organization in July.

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