Date of Submission

Spring 2023

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Aniruddha Mitra

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Utilizing empirical and contemporary research, this Senior Project aims to explore the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted women through social, economic, and policy avenues. This project starts by identifying the unequal effects on health, gender based violence, economic security and unpaid care the pandemic had on women. It then transitions to establish historical and systematic occurrences of gender bias in macroeconomic policies. It lays out the specifics of policy implementation during the COVID crisis, and outlines the numerical and regional variations in gender-sensitive policies. It surmises that, overall the gendered policy response was subpar, given the disproportionate effects the pandemic had on women. This project concludes with linear regression analyses that aim to identify what variable impacted the percentage of gender sensitive policies put forth by governments, and attempted to explain regional differences in policy implementation. The regressions indicate that GDP per capita and Women’s Political Participation Index were the most significant of the independent variables tested. The regional statistics show that Northern America, Latin America and the Caribbean and Oceania fared better than the base region of Europe in percentages of gender sensitive policy implementation.

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