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Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Early Career Archaeologists

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Ventresca Miller,  Alicia R.
Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Hoggarth, J. A., Batty, S., Bondura, V., Creamer, E., Ebert, C. E., Green-Mink, K., et al. (2021). Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Early Career Archaeologists. Heritage, 4(3): 4030093, pp. 1681-1702. doi:10.3390/heritage4030093.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-1282-F
Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts in all segments of life worldwide. While a variety of surveys have assessed the impacts of the pandemic in other fields, few studies have focused on understanding the short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic for archaeology. To assess these trends, we asked survey respondents (n = 570) if they experienced job loss and to rate the percentage of change in their economic situation, workload, teaching or research activities, and personal responsibilities. Results show alarming trends, with nearly half of those who experienced job loss being under the age of 35 and women and early career archaeologists suffering major economic losses. Impacts to workload, teaching activities, and research activities were also felt across these groups. Substantial increases in personal responsibilities (childcare, eldercare, caring for sick family members) were also identified, especially for women with children under 18 years of age. While structural inequalities have already been identified across different sectors of archaeology, the results of this survey suggest the most vulnerable populations are those most heavily affected. We recommend a variety of strategies for employers, professional organizations, funding agencies, and publishers to consider in mitigating the consequences of COVID-19, especially for women and early career scholars.