Jennifer Huemmer, assistant professor of strategic communication, and Lauren Britton, assistant professor of media arts, sciences, and studies, are balancing being mothers with working fulltime during the Coronavirus pandemic. So they decided to conduct research that could serve as a snapshot of women’s experiences during this unprecedented moment in time.
That ongoing research project, titled “Mom-ing During a Pandemic Lockdown: Navigating Identity, Labor, and Media,” earned the pair the Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Scholarship from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Commission on the Status of Women 2020.
Over the past several months, Huemmer and Britton have been examining how the identities and experiences of working mothers have changed as a result of COVID-19. They conducted their research virtually, examined how working mothers are currently navigating their environments.
“Plenty of studies have already established that mothers in the U.S. shoulder the majority of the childcare and household responsibilities,” said Huemmer. “We were interested in exploring how mothers, who are already overtaxed under normal circumstances, navigated this crisis.”