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More Utah Women Left Workforce Than Men During Pandemic, Many Citing Childcare Pressures

Research shows that in Utah, several more women left the workforce during the pandemic than men.

The data comes from the Utah Women & Leadership Project. The overall study was called The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Work and consisted of three parts. The first two studies dealt with statistical changes with women’s mental health and career advancement challenges, and the most recent study focused on childcare and homeschooling.


Susan Madsen, founder of UWLP and professor of leadership at Utah State University, said the sample for the extensive survey consisted of over 3,500 women. Of those, 1,300 answered questions pertaining to women with children at home. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.