Women’s Leadership in COVID: The Critical Difference

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 8, 2021. Since that time, the evidence proving the critical role of women’s leadership in addressing COVID has mounted. We will be revisiting this topic in a feature-length upcoming post.

Dear Readers, Welcome to our COVID-19 Special Edition. Here, we bring together perspectives and insights from some of the most erudite women leaders in philanthropy. We know that women’s leadership matters, particularly in these unprecedented times, and these voices are often missing from traditional philanthropy and news sites. That is how Philanthropy Women sets itself apart. We exist to serve the giving sector with a gender lens.

women's leadership in COVID
Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

The Dire Need for Women’s Leadership in COVID

To read the issue, you can click here to head over to the homepage for Philanthropy Women COVID-19 Special Edition. The issue provides perspectives on why we need women’s leadership at this time, and what women leaders can do to help women and other marginalized populations to survive the COVID epidemic. We talk to leaders in gender-based violence prevention, the needs of migrant women, and ways to improve access to health care, education, and community safety resources.

In an effort to increase our impact, readers are welcome to register for free Premium Access to Philanthropy Women from now until June 23, 2020, thanks to a special grant from an anonymous donor. Please read, share, and subscribe. 

As we continue to deal with the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID, we expect that the need for COVID women’s leadership will become even more important and pressing as a concern. Now is the time for everyone to embrace new models of leadership that are more fair, inclusive, and focused on systemic change that benefits everyone.

Expert voices in COVID women’s leadership for this edition include Jessica Houssian, S. Mona Sinha, Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Emily Nielsen Jones, Tory Dietel Hopps, Diana Mao, Indrani Goradia, Sonya Passi, Vanessa Volz, and the European Network for Migrant Women.

Thank you to all these guest authors, who have already led the way in terms of trusting in women’s leadership as a path to a better future. We hope that by sharing your expert perspectives here, we can bring more attention to ways that gender equality can improve our lives on every level.


Pascale Sykes Foundation on COVID and Sunsetting

Global Resilience Fund Offers Flex Funding for Women and Girls

Trust Women: Desiree Flores of the Arcus Foundation

Why is Feminist Leadership Needed in Philanthropy?

COVID-19: The Gendered Impacts and How to Respond

Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

One thought on “Women’s Leadership in COVID: The Critical Difference”

  1. in this crisis and the potential of future crisis,it is very important that women develop more solidarity with each other,especially with those of a more marginalized background,as more women and girls are exposed to violence while quarantined

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.