Editorial: The unequal impact of the pandemic on scholars with care responsibilities: What can journals (and others) do?; Guest Editorial: Constitutional innovations: Tackling incumbency advantage/abuse; In this issue

2021 International Journal of Constitutional Law  
more brutal and life-changing in other contexts, the highly uneven impact of the pandemic has been felt amongst the relatively privileged scholarly community around the world too. The adverse effects of COVID-19 on scholarly work, and the costs of the pandemic, have been unevenly distributed across the academic community in ways that are becoming increasingly evident. In an ideal society, one free of patriarchal structures and practices, one would expect the burdens of caregiving to be evenly
more » ... stributed. As a result, in such a society, the impact of the pandemic-related closing of schools and care-giving facilities would also be equally distributed. Unfortunately, the reality is otherwise. Even in pre-pandemic times, in heterosexual marriages, women do significantly more work, both in terms of housework and child-rearing, than their partners. 1 And in American law schools, data suggests a parallel phenomenon: women, and particularly women of color, often see their service responsibilities go unrecognized and unrewarded. 2 The unsurprising result of these existing disparities is that the impact of the pandemic on the workplace, including academia, has been distinctly gendered. In the US alone, nearly 3 million women left the workplace last year. 3 Globally, data suggests that women were more likely to lose their jobs as a consequence of the pandemic in comparison to men, and other gender disparities, both in payment and in domestic work, were also heightened as a result. 4 A recent survey found that while 71% of fathers reported better mental well-being as a consequence of working from home, only 41% of mothers did. 5 1 See Kate Manne, EntitlEd 120-37 (2020). 2 See Meera Deo, UnEqUal ProfEssion 87-8 (2019). 3 See https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-crisis-3-million-women-labor-force/. 4 See https://www.catalyst.org/research/women-in-the-workforce-global/. 5 See https://www.thelily.com/71-of-dads-said-working-from-home-boosted-well-being-only-41-of-momsagreed/.
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