This report is based on the responses of 1,050 women from the northeast region of Wisconsin that lived, worked, and parented through the COVID-19 global pandemic1. This document summarizes data and analysis from a survey that covers multiple themes (e.g., employment, family, schooling, violence, mental health, etc.) as well as multiple demographic measures. The findings speak to the challenges faced by many during the pandemic, but our focus is to understand the unique challenges faced by women in Northeast Wisconsin. The goal of the following sections is to provide a narrative analysis that establishes broad themes and patterns in the data. A supplementary dashboard tool will allow for closer inspection of each survey item and analysis by discrete categories (e.g., age, county, income level, and more)2.
Gender inequality is a pressing and pervasive issue that impacts many aspects of work and has important ramifications for life inside the home. We find that the lives of women, especially those working full-time or caring for children, were dramatically disrupted by the challenges brought about by COVID-19. Increases in remote work and disruptions to schooling have undoubtedly impacted health, health decisions, and plans for future work or advanced education. The findings in this report will serve as a valuable resource for stakeholders committed to building data-informed policies designed to improve the lives of women in Northeast Wisconsin who are eager to live a better life after the global pandemic.
This research was led by a team at the Strategic Research Institute at St. Norbert College in collaboration with expert analysts at Neighborhood Analytics, LLC. Data for this report are drawn from an online survey designed in collaboration with the four Women’s Funds in Northeast Wisconsin (Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay, Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Women’s Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, and Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund). This collaborative study and digital dashboard are made possible through a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, a funding collaborative that includes funds from the U.S. Venture Open Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation, and other community donors.