COVID-19 Resources for Women
Updated June 16, 2020
As women are being disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus, the National Organization for Women seeks to provide resources for activists and individuals dealing with a variety of gender-based challenges during these difficult times.
In most families, the primary caregivers are women, meaning they are in charge of childcare during school shutdowns and are often caring for older parents. The majority of healthcare workers are also women, with estimates as high as 70 percent, and these women are on the front lines in hospitals and other medical facilities. Nurses and other providers are facing a lack of protective clothing and equipment despite coming into direct contact with patients. Female workers also dominate the restaurant and domestic worker industries, which are hard hit during this pandemic.
These resources also aim to support women who may be trapped in their homes with abusers as a result of social distancing, undocumented immigrants in need of medical care, single mothers and families facing food insecurity, and others experiencing challenges who may not be getting the attention they deserve. These resources will be updated regularly.
These resources are for informational purposes only and do not indicate an endorsement from or partnership with the National Organization for Women.
Domestic Violence and Assault Survivors
As a result of social distancing, women and LGBTQIA+ individuals may be forced to remain in their homes with their abusers and away from supportive services. While Coronavirus poses a medical risk, there are other dangers – physical, mental and emotional – that may accompany social distancing and isolation.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: Staying Safe During COVID-19 (Spanish)
- New York City Anti-Violence Project: 24/7 English/Spanish hotline at 212-714-1141. If calling is not safe but email is possible, make a report at avp.org/get-help.
- U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
- The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386 (for people who identify as LGBTQIA+, if you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal)
- RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline — 800.656.HOPE (4673)
- The National Workplace Resource Center: When Work is Safer Than Home: Supporting Workers Experiencing Domestic & Sexual Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- The National Workplace Resource Center: COVID-19, Survivors & the Workplace Resource Hub
People Facing Food Insecurity
As panic spreads across the United States, people clear out grocery stores in preparation for the worst – which can pose a challenge to women in the WIC program. Many workers are facing layoffs which affect food budgets and children in low-income families who rely on free and reduced lunches are also deeply impacted by school closures.
- Feeding America Foodbanks
- Food Pantries Finder
- LIST: Where D.C., Maryland & Virginia kids can get free meals during the COVID-19 shutdown
- LIST: Florida schools offering free meals for kids
- LIST: Los Angeles schools offering free meals for kids
- Michigan – find schools offering free meals for kids
- Louisiana – find schools offering free meals for kids
- Ventura County California: FOOD & BASIC NEEDS
Childcare and Education
There are far too many mothers who do not have access to paid sick leave or affordable childcare and who cannot take off work because they work in service industries.
- Homeschooling Networks
- How ‘regular school’ parents can homeschool their kids (CNN)
- Children with special needs
- DOE: Students’ Civil Rights During COVID-19
- Family Caregiver Alliance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Articles for Family Caregivers
- MomsRising: Coronavirus Stories survey
- MomsRising: COVID-19 and breastfeeding survey
- A Better Balance: COVID-19 and Your Workplace Rights: Caring for Yourself and Your Family (Including FAQs)
Domestic and Food Service Workers
Domestic and service industry workers across the country face economic challenges due to widespread restaurant and hotel closures and lack of paid sick leave. Those who remain are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of the number of people they come in contact with.
- The National Domestic Workers Alliance: Resources for Domestic Workers (National NOW Partner)
- Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: RWCF COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund – Loans for food services workers and restaurant owners
- DC Virtual Tip Jar – Food service workers may add their names and Venmo/Paypal to receive donations.
- Restaurant Opportunities Centers United: National Direct Financial Assistance
- Eater: A List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers
- Legal Momentum: Legal Rights and Economic Resources for Workers Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
- SYMS | Legal Momentum Helpline: 1 (971) 353-4251
- National Partnership for Women and Families: Employer Best Practices – Policies to Support Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Healthcare workers are on the front lines of this pandemic and are obviously at higher risk of being infected by the virus. Women dominate the healthcare field and likely face other challenges such as a need for childcare during this time.
- CDC: What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection
- OSHA: Resources for Workplace Safety
- VA: Managing Stress During COVID-19
Immigrant Women and Families
For undocumented immigrants, being held in inhumane detention centers increases the risk of being infected by the COVID-19 virus. Visits to detention prisons are also being limited, leading to further isolation from the world and from their legal resources. For those not detained, fear of interior border patrol checkpoints and ICE raids are a barrier to seeking and receiving medical care along the border and across the United States.
- RAICES: COVID-19 Resources
- National Immigrant Justice Center – Seeking Legal Help during COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians
- Find a Community Health Center Near You (Regardless of Immigration Status)
- Undocuscholars: COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities
- National Immigration Law Center: Immigrant Workers’ Rights and COVID-19
As protests and riots continue across our nation, seeking justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey and so many other Black lives that have been lost to police violence, NOW hopes to support Black communities however we can. The following are resources for protesting safely during this pandemic – as a virus that has had a disproportionate impact on Black communities, we urge everyone to take adequate measures to prevent further spread of the virus.
- Teen Vogue: Protest Safety: How to Protest During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Vox: How to more safely protest in a pandemic
- Huff Post: How To Protest Safely During The Coronavirus Pandemic
- Coronavirus Stimulus Payments – Recovery Rebates
- Washington Post: Calculate how much you’ll get from the $1,200 (or more) coronavirus checks
- AARP: Mutual Aid Networks
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: COVID-19: Responding to the Health and Economic Crisis
- A Better Balance: Pregnancy & COVID-19: Know Your Rights in the Workplace!
- Online Counseling Programs: Tips From Counselors on How to Manage Financial Stress During a Crisis
- Covid-19: Women, Equity, and Inclusion in the Future of Work (Warning – 30 pages long)
- Catalyst: How COVID-19 is Changing the Future of Work for Women (Video)