Brulé Publishes Op-Ed on COVID-19 Exacerbated Inequality

Rachel Brulé, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, published an Open Access Government op-ed in which she discusses COVID-19 exacerbated gender inequality in the workforce and how it can be addressed. 

The article, titled “”Why do we need gender inclusive institutions?” Brulé discusses how women have experienced job loss and reduced benefits at a higher rate than men globally. Despite the fact that women make up a large percentage of healthcare workers, they “are less likely than men to have access to formal wages, wealth, healthcare, and, as health workers have less effective personal protective equipment (PPE).”

To address this inequality, Brulé suggests making healthcare coverage universal as well as access to childcare and education She also suggested increasing investment in mental health infrastructures ” to support necessary healing of individuals, families, and communities during this collective trauma.”

The full article can be read on Open Access Government‘s website.

Rachel Brulé is an Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and core faculty of the Global Development Policy Center’s Human Capital Initiative. Her research interests are broadly in comparative politics, international development, political economy, and gender, with a geographical focus on South Asia. Read more about Brulé on her faculty profile.