COVID-19 Pandemic Has Unique Impacts For Women, Mothers

The combination of stress at work and at home has impacted the mental health of many women pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The combination of stress at work and at home has impacted the mental health of many women pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts Suzanne Soliman, PharmD, BCMAS, and Sally Arif, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP, in a recent Pharmacy Times video.

Soliman noted a recent study which found that vaccinations have positively impacted almost 75% of recipients, relieving stress and giving them hope for the future. Despite this statistic, Arif said a separate study has found that 1 out of 3 working women have considered leaving their careers or going part-time, particularly moms.

Arif added that the pandemic has forced organizations and individuals to be more creative with their workdays, whether by working at home or allowing more flexible hours.

“I think a lot of companies are beginning to rethink the whole 8 to 5, or “seat time,” versus listening to women and some of the struggles they’ve gone through this past year to create more inclusive environments for work, so that satisfaction with the work and engagement in the organization goes up,” Arif said.