An Illustrated Tribute to Women in the Pandemic – Text

The pandemic has put the burden and the spotlight on women. We take a minute to share some data and a thank you!

BY Lily Ruiz Senior Lead Communications Consultant, VP, Bank of the West Illustration
Jacky Sheridan

Aug 24th 2020


Women hold 50% of U.S. jobs, but they hold 70-79% of frontline jobs in the pandemic.

  1. 84.7% Bank Tellers are women
  2. 88.9% Registered Nurses are women
  3. 71.2% Grocery Cashiers are women
  4. 93.4% Childcare Workers are women


Women are spending 20 hours more per week than their male partners on family and household chores

  1. Childcare – 40 hours per week / 23% more than men
  2. Caring for relatives – 10 hours / 100% more than men
  3. Housework – 21 hours / 50% more than men


Women leaders around the globe have been the most effective protecting their citizens.

  1. Angela Merkel

    Germany, led by Angela Merkel, has had a far lower death rate than Britain, France, Italy, or Spain.

  2. Sanna Marin

    Finland, where Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34, governs with a coalition of four female-led parties, has had fewer than 10% as many deaths as nearby Sweden.

  3. Tsai Ing-wen

    Tsai Ing-wen, leader of Taiwan, has presided over one of the most successful efforts in the world at containing the virus, using testing, contact tracing, and isolation measures to control infections without a full national lockdown.

  4. Jacinda Ardern

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand had been largely successful in meeting her ambitious goal of eradicating, rather than just controlling, outbreaks of COVID-19.


In industry, healthcare, and research labs, women are at the forefront of response and recovery:

  1. Sara Gabriel

    Pivoting to Masks from Wedding Veils

    Sara Gabriel Designs

    After two decades growing her wedding accessories company, Ms. Gabriel found her small business fighting to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. A quick pivot from designing tiaras and veils to creating high-quality face masks enabled her to avoid layoffs and stay in business.

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  2. Dr. Elaine Batchlor

    Protecting LA’s Most Vulnerable

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

     As the CEO of award-winning Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Bachelor has led the hospital’s fight against COVID-19 in the underserved South Los Angeles community.

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  3. Dr. Jessilyn Dunn

    Tracking a Deadly Virus

    Duke University

    Dr. Dunn’s research study, called CovIdentify, is exploring how data collected by smartphones, smartwatches, and other wearable tech may help identify the COVID-19 illness in device users.

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  4. Dr. Maya Petersen

    Forecasting Demand for Ventilators

    U.C. Berkeley

    Dr. Petersen is working on a web application to provide projections of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ventilator needs to improve public health responses to the pandemic.

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