Our society has been built on generations of sexist and racist institutions, norms, and policy choices that systematically limit women’s power and devalue the work women do.
Social hierarchies created on identity-based differences are perpetuated by keeping women from accessing power—whether economic, social, cultural or political.
But this system is precarious; there are many points of fragility. It's like a house of cards.
When COVID-19 hit, that house of cards collapsed. By the millions, women were forced out of the workplace—while others had no choice but to continue working in unsafe environments to sustain their families.
At the same time, we're living through one of the starkest periods of inequality in our history. And our ability to access lifesaving healthcare in the midst of a pandemic is tied to our jobs, which can disappear with no warning. Women—particularly women of color and women in low-paying jobs—have been hit the hardest, due to the inequities and power imbalances built into the system.
The larger system interacts with your individual characteristics—the cards you're dealt—to shape and modify your experience.
You are about to hear firsthand accounts of women's experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, in their own voices.
Estimated duration: 5 minutes per story.
Click the glowing window for a peek behind the curtain to see how one woman has experienced COVID-19 with the cards dealt to her.
Shuffle the cards to highlight a different story.
What might your experience be, based on the cards you're dealt?
These cards signify aspects of a woman’s life circumstances, due to societal norms, chance, or choice. No card is good or bad; their advantages or disadvantages are determined by the system she lives within.
Axes of identity and diversity that are often the target of discrimination.
IDENTITY & DEMOGRAPHICS
Hispanic 37 years old Bisexual
Mexican / Native
Health & Safety
Domestic Abuse Survivor
Traumatic Birthing Experience
Lost health insurance coverage
Ability to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe without losing their jobs.
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT
Started a Business
Laid off, then started own businesses
Part time Special Ed Teacher’s Aide
Fair access to job training, prospects and opportunities.
DEPENDENTS & CAREGIVING
Sole caregiver for 3 children
Married with 1 child and pregnant
1 child and supportive family members
Caregiver for parents and elderly uncle
Taking care of parents
Responsibility to care for others, and support in doing so.
AGENCY & POWER
Overwhelmed and Exhausted
Extremely Positive Mindset & Internet
Teachers are sacrificial lambs
Ability to make decisions, take action, and stand up for themselves.