I will present a 15-minute video at the:
Theme: Pushing Boundaries
June 15–17, 2022
Cheryl-lee Madden, University of British Columbia, video presentation:
Mapping of Unchartered COVID-19 Evictions: Are Women Disproportionately Affected by Job Loss?
Research shows that women are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 job loss which focused our attention on front-line essential service retail workers who now experience dilemmas over belonging, safety, and power. In the present study, a small subset of the retail sector—Vancouver’s working poor women —are examined to explore in real-time income/eviction data and thereby demonstrate that these women were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 job losses. The emerging COVID-19 pandemic impacts are likely to have gendered consequences that have a relationship with Kain’s Spatial Mismatch hypothesis. The spatial mismatch could explain women’s labour market recovery within Vancouver’s transnational influence and indigenous diaspora. Furthermore, among all global cities, Vancouver’s spatial mismatch is unique. As well as being transnational and indigenous in scope, this striking disconnect between low-income housing and adequate employment opportunities is characterized by large numbers of working poor—primarily women—with inadequate access to educational opportunities and well-paid jobs. Gaining reliable data from immigrant women is critical if we want to turn the tide and create adequate-wage employment and more socially responsible housing in Vancouver, the world’s second least affordable city. Women could respond by expressing, as feminist Leslie Kern (2019, p. 120) suggests, their “embodied experiences of city life, refusing to be taken for granted.”
Kern, L. (2019). Feminist City: A field guide, c. “City of Possibility.” E-book, pp. 120–164. Between the Lines.
Keywords: gentrification, COVID-19, income disparity, evictions, housing affordability, women, spatial mismatch