What the pandemic has taught us about women’s mental health

Overwhelming science suggests that gender has a huge impact on the experience of work and the experience of health. Photo: Pexels

(Ashley Okwuasa/ TVO) –– Last year, nationwide polling showed that female respondents across a range of age groups — but especially between the ages of 18 and 34 — were more likely than males to report that their mental health was bad or very bad. What accounts for that disparity, and what has the pandemic shown us about social roles and expectations?

TVO.org speaks with Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, a professor at the University of Ottawa and University Research Chair in Gender, Diversity and the Professions, about how gender intersects with mental health — and why “getting back to normal” shouldn’t be the goal. (…)

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