COVID-19 lockdown hits working mothers harder than fathers

Sandro Manzato from Italy hugs his daughter Yarline, after she came back with his wife Rubiela Perea from Colombia where they were since the 2nd of February, as Italy eases movement between regions, while the country unwinds its rigid lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Fiumicino Airport, in Rome, Italy June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi - RC2N1H9TP3HF

Mothers are more likely to have quit, been furloughed or lost their jobs, according to the UK's Institute for Fiscal Studies. Image: REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Emma Charlton
Writer, Forum Agenda
Our Impact
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how COVID-19 is affecting economies, industries and global issues
A hand holding a looking glass by a lake
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:


Have you read?
Mothers and fathers time use of the day
Mothers in the UK are spending more lockdown time on childcare and housework than fathers. Image: IFS

What is the World Economic Forum doing to manage emerging risks from COVID-19?

Paid work for parents
The gender pay gap is widening during lockdown. Image: IFS

What's the World Economic Forum doing about the gender gap?

Economic participation
A ratio of one means women spend the same share of their time on these activities as men; a ratio of two means twice as much – and so on. Image: World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020
Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

Sign up for free

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:
COVID-19Gender InequalityFuture of Work
World Economic Forum logo
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Here’s what to know about the new COVID-19 Pirola variant

Lora du Moulin and Charlotte Edmond

October 11, 2023

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum