First Advisor

Emily Shafer

Date of Award

Spring 6-12-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Work and University Honors


Social Work




Covid-19 pandemic, working mothers, division of labor in the home, gender inequality, social policy




The current Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted families in the United States as working parents face increased demand for domestic labor at home while losing community and institutional support through pandemic closures. By integrating emerging research on gender norms and expectations regarding the division of household labor for working parents, the impact of Covid-19 on working mothers, and the gendered impact of infrastructure and the pandemic response in the United States, I aim to provide a holistic conceptualization and analysis of gender inequality and the division of labor in the home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through summarizing and analyzing current literature, this review will contribute to new developments for future exploration in policy and practice and offer a framework for supporting families and working mothers as we move forward in the world of Covid-19.


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