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TIME’S UP Launches Pioneering Tool to Measure Pandemic’s Gendered Impact

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The Time’s Up, Measure Up: Data & Storytelling Dashboard Fills Critical Knowledge Gaps to Help Us Understand and Address Gender Inequity in the United States

Washington D.C. Today, TIME’S UP Foundation introduced the Data & Storytelling Dashboard, a first-of-its kind tool that aims to paint a more nuanced and complete picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted women across the United States. 

The Data & Storytelling Dashboard is a critical component of Time’s Up, Measure Up, a five-year initiative to study and report on the impact of gender and racial inequities that have only grown with the COVID-19 crisis. 

This user-friendly tool sheds light on these inequities and provides the necessary context to offer ready-made policy solutions for safe, fair, and dignified work. Using the Dashboard, analysts, journalists, and policymakers can access, investigate, and learn from COVID-19’s gendered impact to inform their own research, journalism, and policy debates.

“COVID-19 has revealed that our nation’s care system is a house of cards that has failed to support women and families — especially BIPOC women — during hard times,” said Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation. “But with serious commitment from government and business leaders, we have an opportunity at this critical time in our nation’s history to make transformational change, and this unique tool meets that moment by drawing on quantitative research, personal stories, and policy solutions.”

The Data & Storytelling Dashboard aims to paint a more comprehensive picture of the burdens women have experienced over the past year. It contextualizes stories from women workers  — whom we owe a debt of gratitude for bravely sharing their experiences — with national and state data from the U.S. Census Bureau and federal surveys. 

The Dashboard measures these experiences quantitatively using a number of indicators — including median weekly earnings, missing paid work due to caregiving responsibilities, maternal mortality, employment in management occupations, and more. 

“Gender and race, and the intersection of these identities, have affected the way workers experience the economy during COVID-19 and beyond, but we’ve never had the tools to account for the full picture — until now,” said Anwesha Majumder, interim director of research strategy at TIME’S UP Foundation. “We’ve developed this innovative dashboard to measure the pandemic’s impact more comprehensively and offer leaders a resource for creating policy solutions that work for everyone.”

This project was a collaboration between TIME’S UP Foundation (project lead, content, and policy), the Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (data gathering, formatting, and translation), IDEO (site concept, design, and implementation), and the Rutgers Center for Women and Work (research and recommendations). Future iterations will display how other factors and identities — such as age, disability status, and more — have affected women’s lives. 

You can learn more about Time’s Up, Measure Up here and explore the Data & Storytelling Dashboard here.

TIME’S UP Foundation

The TIME’S UP™ Foundation insists upon safe, fair, and dignified work for all by changing culture, companies, and laws. We enable more people to seek justice through the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund™. We pioneer innovative research driving toward solutions to address systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace through the TIME’S UP Impact Lab. And we reshape key industries from within so they serve as a model for all industries. The TIME’S UP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.