Unwrapping the long-term impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Brazilian academic mothers: the urgency of short, medium, and long-term measures

An Acad Bras Cienc. 2020 Oct 28;92(4):e20201292. doi: 10.1590/0001-3765202020201292. eCollection 2020.


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, publications have highlighted the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic mothers, mostly focusing on the impact of social distancing and quarantine. A few months later, despite the lack of effective vaccines or therapeutics in sight, many economic activities are being resumed. Nurseries and schools are expected to be among the latest to reopen, which will amplify the impacts of the pandemic on academic mothers. In this letter, we unwrap the pandemic impacts on academic mothers and describe a set of specific short-, medium- and long-term policies that, if implemented, could reduce setbacks for gender equality during the pandemic and can help to level the playing field for academic mothers.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • Brazil
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mothers*
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • SARS-CoV-2