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The Impact Of COVID-19 On Utah Women And Work On Tuesday's Access Utah

Utah State University Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Dr. Susan Madsen, Director of The Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) at Utah State University will join us on Tuesday’s Access Utah to talk about new research from UWLP into how the pandemic has affected women and work, specifically focusing on caregiver experiences.

Some findings of this research include: Working mothers faced unsustainable labor loads. Working mothers felt guilt as both a parent and employee. Parents faced childcare hurdles at a desperate time. Childcare providers described plummeting enrollment, increased safety protocols and costs, and a progressively unstable workforce. Many respondents faced the stressful reality of caring for older, at-risk adults such as their own parents, while older respondents described stepping in to care for their grandchildren. 

Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Inaugural Karen Haight Huntsman Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Dr. Madsen is considered one of the top global thought leaders on the topic of women and leadership, has authored or edited six books, and has published hundreds of articles, chapters, and reports. Her research has been featured in the U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and she is a regular contributor to Forbes. She is a sought-after speaker in local, national, and international settings. Susan has founded many women’s networks, and she serves on a number of nonprofit, community, and association boards and committees. Madsen has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, and service.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.