In recent weeks, stimulated by the explosion of housework and care demands that households in whole Europe are facing, observers have started pointing to the gendered impact of COVID-19. Is there anything new or has the outbreak simply unveiled old challenges?
The gendered impact of COVID-19 management is not the effect of an isolated event, but it builds on pre-existing conditions. These, in turn, result from structural and cultural processes further shaped by previous crises. This interconnection is a crucial aspect for understanding how the current situation could evolve and what the outcomes could be in terms of social inequalities.