Study Says Pandemic Taking Mental Toll on More Women Than Men

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According to a new study, women are three times more likely as men to suffer mental health-wise during the pandemic. About 27% of women compared to 10% of men are experiencing anxiety, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and executing everyday tasks. Non-profit organization CARE conducted the study, with more than 10,000 women in 38 countries participating. 

The study first focused on the mental and emotional toll the pandemic has taken on women and then looked into the reasons behind the stress. The number one reason women are suffering mentally? Money. More than 11 million women in the U.S. lost their jobs between February and May of this year, as compared to nine million men. 

Outside the U.S., women in Bangladesh were six times more likely than men to be laid off from their jobs, 49% of women in Lebanon have reported job losses and 44% of women in Palestine are essential workers with little access to mental health care. Only 8% of women in Palestine said they have access to mental health care compared to 67% of men.

Emily Janoch, director of knowledge management and learning at CARE, led the study and said of the lack of mental care access, “Often women are only allowed to go to women healthcare professionals, and many fewer doctors are women.” She went on to state that women are expected to go to the doctor with a man accompanying them, which is not always possible during the pandemic.

The study also found that women are taking on most of the work at home, with 55% of employed women doing housework, compared to 18% of men. They spend twice the amount of time with their children and they usually carry the weight of supervising their children and their children’s schoolwork during remote learning. 

The consequences of this pandemic have been dismal for the lives of many women and are setting women back from the progress they’ve been making towards equal rights and opportunities. For more on this story, go to TIME.com