Essential Equity: Women, COVID-19 and Rebuilding CT (2021)

Measuring the unequal impact of COVID-19 and proposals for equitable solutions

Essential Equity: Women, COVID-19 and Rebuilding CT documents the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women and girls - particularly on women and girls of color. Released in January 2021, the report provides data and analysis on how women and girls have experienced these inequities across the areas of physical and mental health, economic security, childcare, housing, food security, and safety. The report helps to frame both continued discussions and proposals for equitable solutions through investments in caregiving, healthcare, housing, and education and job training as Connecticut emerges from the pandemic.


Essential Equity was funded collaboratively by the

Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls, Community Fund for Women and Girls of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation in honor of their Women and Girls Fund, and the Women & Girls Funds of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.

The Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls (CCWG), a statewide network for organizations serving women and girls, is a primary audience for the report. The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is the organizer of the CCWG and a collaborator on Essential Equity.

The Connecticut Data Collaborative gathered and analyzed the data for Essential Equity with the goal of documenting the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on women across Connecticut.

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