The Importance of Gender Inclusion in COVID-19 Responses

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, at a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, May 14, 2020 (pool photo by Hagen Hopkins via AP Images).
New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, at a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, May 14, 2020 (pool photo by Hagen Hopkins via AP Images).

In late January, President Donald Trump announced the formation of a Coronavirus Task Force, made up of 12 senior officials who would be responsible for leading the U.S. response to COVID-19. All were men. On Feb. 29, Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the task force, posted a now infamous photo to his Twitter account of a “very productive meeting,” with more than a dozen men and no women sitting around a table in the White House’s Situation Room. By early March, two women had been appointed to the team: Deborah Birx, who took the high-profile role of response […]

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