According to Wenham, Smith and Morgan, 2020, sex-disaggregated data for COVID-19 show equal numbers of cases between men and women so far. When looking at the recent social distancing measures imposed the impact of care and support may be gendered.
The closure of schools to control COVID-19 might have a differential effect on women, who “provide most of the informal care within families, with the consequence of limiting their work and economic opportunities.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2020) noted that another gendered impact may be the unknown impact to pregnant women and infants. Even now very little is known about COVID-19, particularly related to its effect on pregnant women and infants, and there currently are no recommendations specific to pregnant women regarding the evaluation or management of COVID-19 so the same precautions above apply.
Some populations may be at increased risk during this time of heightened stress and social distancing. Please know that you are not alone. Many service providers are available now if you need help. Here are some resources of specific interest to women:
The Frederick County Commission For Women (FCCFW) is a non-partisan organization tasked with advising Frederick County government on issues affecting women and families in alignment with our mission and purpose as listed below.
The mission of the FCCFW is "to create a stronger community by addressing challenges and fostering unlimited opportunities For All Women".
The purpose of the FCCFW is:
To provide a central agency for the collection and referral of activities and services of interest to women
To promote a positive image of women by recognizing their accomplishments
To advocate for the county's constituency to the legislature, the judiciary, the executive, the media, and the public
To identify, study, evaluate, and eradicate, as an advocate, discrimination against all women
To develop and implement programs that will expand women's educational and employment opportunities
To strengthen home life by directing attention to critical problems confronting women
To educate women in the processes of seeking leadership roles
To encourage women to seek political office, either elective or appointive
To recommend such procedures, programs or legislation as it may deem necessary and proper to promote and ensure equal rights and opportunities for all persons, regardless of their gender
To advise and counsel the residents of Frederick County and all government agencies on all matters involving the needs of women and especially those matters relating to discrimination or prejudice on account of gender
For additional information relating to women's issues, please refer to the Frederick Community College Women's Center.