Remote Work: Mothers Bear The Brunt

For many parents, the COVID-19 pandemic has made life’s everyday juggling act, managing work, school, extracurricular, and household responsibilities, much, much harder. And according to a new study led by Penn sociologists, those extra burdens have fallen disproportionately on mothers. Says researcher Jerry Jacob, “It turns out that when the mother is working remotely and her partner isn’t, she ends up taking on a ton more responsibilities. When a father is working remotely and his partner isn’t, somehow, he doesn’t take on as much extra work. This seems to be a deeply gendered issue.” As the pandemic has worn on, the toll on women has been hard to ignore.

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