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New Research Shows How The Coronavirus Recession Is Disproportionately Affecting Black Working Mothers

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According to the 2018 Motherly State of Motherhood Survey, black mothers are 4 times more likely to be single and serve as the primary breadwinners of their home. Black working mothers or working mothers, in general, are more likely than women without children to show signs of emotional, physical, cognitive, and behavioral stress in the workplace. In addition, now there is a potential threat of being diagnosed with coronavirus. 

Effect of COVID-19 on the black community 

The World Health Organization states that anyone can catch COVID-19 and become seriously ill. However, older people and those with underlying medical problems are at higher risk of developing a severe illness. Medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, or cancer.

Black women are 60% more likely to have high blood pressure. The prevalence of high blood pressure in black people in the U.S. is among the highest in the world.  

Black people have lung cancer more than any other population group. In fact, they are 60% more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, they, have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial/ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers.  

What does research from LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey say on black working mothers?

  • More than 75% of black women spend over 3 hours each day on housework, ever since stay-at-home orders enforced.
  • However, the decline of maternal mental health is caused by, highly demanding inflexible work hours and the absence or lack of involvement from their child’s father.
  • Black women spend half a day more on child care per week than white women. 
  • Black women also spend nearly three times more hours per week caring for elderly or sick relatives.
  • They are also most likely to be concerned about necessities, such as paying for rent/mortgage, groceries, and child care. Job safety, and in some instances, job uncertainty, also plague Black women.  

On the whole, black working women are also more likely not to be able to work from home. Since there serving as essential workers outside the home. Over half of black women classify their jobs as essential, outside-the-home positions, compared to 38% of white women. 

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