Scientific Productivity of Women Drops During COVID-19 Pandemic

When the coronavirus struck in mid-March, most research work was put on hold. However, virologists had to remain active in studying different viruses similar to SARS-COV-2, a virus that causes COVID-19. It also led to the closure of schools and daycares, meaning women had to take responsibility of nurturing their children since they perform most of the work needed to raise kids.

Pandemic worsens existing inequalities

For a long time now, women have been underrepresented in scientific productivity. According to recent statistics, underrepresentation has increased by over 31%. Furthermore, these numbers have constantly reduced since the pandemic struck. Gender disparities have not only been seen in the research labs but also the submission of research…

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