Gender and the pandemic

The Women and Gender Forum at SASE (WAG) was established in 2017. One of  WAG’s major missions is to stimulate discussions about important issues related to publishing challenges, work-life balance, leadership roles and career progression.  With this in mind, we compiled a running list of recent articles and data collections on gender and the pandemic around the world.

Current WAG committee members: Julia Bartosch (Radboud University Nijmegen), Theresa Hager (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz), Audrey Harroche (Oxford Brookes University/Sciences Po), Enja Marie Herdejürgen (Paderborn University), Lucilene Morandi (Fluminense Federal University), Hyojin Seo (KU Leuven).


Three recent books tell the stories of four women whose lives both absorbed and propelled the vast, multifaceted socialist movement in Britain from 1870 to 1920: Lizzie Burns, Nellie Dowell, Muriel Lester, and Eleanor Marx.

This issue of Cogito addresses areas such as the negative consequences of some purportedly egalitarian and scientific policies, the geopolitics of gender, the impact of climate change on women’s lives, the paradoxical aspects of marital relations, and factors of persistence in educational and professional inequalities.

A focus of attention and resources on medicine and biomedical science tells less than half the story of how societies identify new diseases, how they respond and what the consequences might be.  Dingwell writes about the sociological relevance of new diseases and the different research approaches taken by scholars working in this area.