Some of GWLN's favorite articles, reports and empowering stories recorded over the course of the year, all in one space for you to enjoy! Take a hold of these key documents to help you prosper in the industry or for inspiration in professional development, women in credit union leadership and much more!
- "The events of 2020 have turned workplaces upside down. Under the highly challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees are struggling to do their jobs. Many feel like they’re “always on” now that the boundaries between work and home have blurred. They’re worried about their family’s health and finances. Burnout is a real issue"
- "Women in particular have been negatively impacted. Women—especially women of color—are more likely to have been laid off or furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis,1 stalling their careers and jeopardizing their financial security. The pandemic has intensified challenges that women already faced. Working mothers have always worked a “double shift”—a full day of work, followed by hours spent caring for children and doing household labor. Now the supports that made this possible—including school and childcare—have been upended. Meanwhile, Black women already faced more barriers to advancement than most other employees. Today they’re also coping with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community. And the emotional toll of repeated instances of racial violence falls heavily on their shoulders."
- "Despite gains for women in leadership, the “broken rung” was still a major barrier in 2019. For the sixth year in a row, women continued to lose ground at the first step up to manager. For every 100 men promoted to manager, only 85 women were promoted—and this gap was even larger for some women: only 58 Black women and 71 Latinas were promoted. As a result, women remained significantly outnumbered in entry-level management at the beginning of 2020—they held just 38 percent of manager-level positions, while men held 62 percent".
- "Given the enormous challenges mothers are facing at work and at home, two things should come as no surprise: many mothers are considering downshifting their career or leaving the workforce, and mothers are significantly more likely to be thinking about taking these steps than fathers. Among mothers who are thinking about downshifting or leaving, a majority cite childcare responsibilities as a primary reason".
Women's leadership through COVID-19Want to learn more about how women are dominating the fight against COVID-19 across the globe? We've gathered a handful of articles that shine a light on the gendered impacts caused by the pandemic and how women are using their leadership skills to combat COVID-19.
UW Madison School of Business: Leadership during the Pandemic: States with Women Governors had fewer COVID-19 deaths
Forbes: What do the countries with the best coronavirus responses have in common? Women leaders
Forbes VIDEO: What to do when you feel unproductive
The Guardian: Coronavirus pandemic gender inequalities
LeanIn: The Coronavirus is a financial crisis for women
UN Women: COVID-19 and women's leadership: From an effective response to building back better
UN Women: "Put Women and Girls at the centre of efforts to recover from COVID-19
The Economist VIDEO: COVID-19: Is working from home really the new normal?
CU Management: Wonder Women Rise Up to Face 2020 Pandemic
- "COVID-19 is exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems. It is forcing a shift in priorities and funding across public and private sectors, with far-reaching effects on the well-being of women and girls"
- "The impacts are not just economic. The shift of funds to pandemic response is hampering women’s access to sexual and reproductive health. Violence against women reports have increased around the world, as widespread stay-athome orders force women to shelter in place with their abusers, often with tragic consequences. More people at home also means that the burden of unpaid care and domestic work has increased for women and girls, literally driving some to the breaking point."
- "Safe access to support services and emergency measures, including legal assistance and judicial remedies, is urgently needed, but it has been curtailed amid lockdowns in some countries. Measures to protect women from violence must be a standard part of government responses to the pandemic, as well as longer-term recovery packages."