In general, the Kovid season was difficult for women. Although labor market participation among women has been steadily increasing in the decades leading up to the epidemic, during this period it has declined sharply, with participation in the United States finally falling to its lowest point in 1987.
Moreover, the UN Women’s Information Panel highlights how the epidemic has eroded equality. Due to the burden of care, the organization posed a real risk of reverting to gender stereotypes of the 1950s. This is beyond the scope of the agency’s claim that 75% of the world’s 16 billion hours of unpaid work is done by women worldwide.
However, new data from the online learning platform Coursera shows that women are enrolling in courses faster than before the epidemic. In fact, 47% of women will be students in 2019, up from 52% in 2021.
The company believes that these results will confuse the myth that women are losing their jobs due to external pressures, and that they are investing in new skills despite the challenges.
“Our study shows that at the time of the outbreak, gender gaps were narrowing in online education, although gender gaps were widening.” Coursera CEO Jeff Magionalda says. “We encourage women to take online education to develop new skills that will accelerate their return to work and boost their economic activity.”
Adjusting the gap
According to data from companies such as Facebook, Google and IBM, enrollment has grown from 27 percent in 2019 to 43 percent in 2021, and women are particularly interested in obtaining vocational qualifications.
The enthusiasm for women enrolling in these digital courses is generally related to their interest in STEM courses, from 35% to 42% by 2019.
His interest in professional development was not limited to the technical fields, however, Coursera introduced a balanced investment in soft and solid skills, with strong interest in data science and computer programming in courses such as communication and entrepreneurship.
“I only got my degree in computer science from a few women who were by my side, and although much has changed since then, we still have a long way to go to increase women’s representation in technology and leadership.” This is according to Betty Vandenbosh, Chief Content Officer at Coursera. “Flexible and work-related education will help women learn the new skills they need to enter high-impact roles and bring better gender balance into the workplace.”
Flexibility is key
The dynamics of online education appear to be significant because the British online education platform FutureLearn provided similar positive data earlier this year. In recent years, women have become more likely than men to take an online course, and the epidemic has exacerbated interest in women’s online learning opportunities.
Like Coursera, FutureLearn data show a strong interest in STEM topics, helping female students enroll in 350% of technology and software development courses during the Covenant era.
Of course, while these results are positive, it would be a mistake to assume that Kovid’s concern for women’s safety is unfounded. In fact, a study from King’s College London found that women were more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and sleepless nights during cobwebs.
“Surprisingly, both men and women are more concerned about their family’s finances than their health, although the differences are not significant.” Say the researchers. “About 82 percent of women are worried or anxious about the current situation, compared to 64 percent of men, and more than a third of women and men say they have trouble getting enough sleep.”
More support is needed
This is reflected in a study by Compass and Automation, in which 43% of women are more likely to be exposed to mental health problems by working overtime, and 86% of mothers say they have a strange burning sensation. Jagging work and child care.
According to a study from the University of De Montport, employers need to think more about providing services that enable women to find time for professional development. It is good to enroll in online courses but data shows that women are still at the forefront of organizing children’s activities, planning meals and cleaning the house.
Most mothers involved in the study felt that locksmiths were restricted to networking, online events, or professional development, and this caused them to feel disconnected from coworkers and decision-makers. Say the researchers.
In Safety at workGlup Jim Clifton and Jim Harter argue that “full-time” support is something that employers should consider if they want to get the most out of their employees. Coursera information clearly shows the need for learning and development. Employers need to make sure they have the time and energy to meet that need.