Women in Green Building Hit Hard by Pandemic
The U.S. has made strides toward attaining gender equality, but it may be a fragile achievement. Even in the green building community, cracks are starting to show.
The U.S. Green Building Council surveyed more than 500 people in the green building industry to gauge the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workplace. The survey found that mothers have been hit especially hard. “Women who reported having children under the age of 18 grapple with mounting pressure to juggle their career alongside childcare and household responsibilities,” the report says, adding that women are facing “historic challenges.”
This is despite the fact that 86% of respondents reported feeling supported by their employers. Sixty-two percent still said the pandemic is negatively affecting workplace equity because of increased expectations at home.
“Household management still falls to women,” wrote one survey taker, “and it is mentally as well as physically overwhelming.” Another said, “I feel backed into a corner, to have to either choose between educating my children or striving to remain productive and generate sufficient funds.”
The report encourages employers to continue offering flexibility, and to host conversations so people have a chance to “share their feelings.”
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U.S. Green Building Council
Update: This article was updated November 10, 2020 to remove the controversial final paragraph.
Melton, P. (2020, October 22). Women in Green Building Hit Hard by Pandemic . Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/newsbrief/women-green-building-hit-hard-pandemic