Covid-19 and Inequality: A Gender Perspective

  • Elisabetta Frontoni University of Roma Tre


My paper examines some aspects of the Covid19 pandemic in Italy from a gender perspective. I intend to highlight some important inequalities in the management and cohabitation during the pandemic that risk being otherwise hidden in the public discourse. I will focus in particular on two circumstances: public decisions about the pandemic and work-care balancing. As regards the first profile, I will focus on the composition of the committees appointed by the government for the management of the crisis and the effects that this composition had on the way to deal with the pandemic in our country. With regard to the second profile, working environment is certainly where inequalities have emerged most clearly, albeit in a different way. First of all, there were women who had to work during the emergency and had problems reconciling work and care role. Secondly, women who could / had to work from home had to deal with the lack of a distinction between workspace and care duties. On this point, the Italian State has taken very different measures from those of other countries, for example the decision not to reopen schools, which has penalised and will continue to penalise women's work. In this perspective, the work will investigate what other measures have been or will be adopted since the so-called third phase.
Aug 15, 2020
How to Cite
FRONTONI, Elisabetta. Covid-19 and Inequality: A Gender Perspective. European Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 127-134, aug. 2020. ISSN 2601-8640. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 sep. 2020. doi: