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Gender/sex disparities in COVID-19 outcomes: A guide and toolkit by Harvard University’s GenderSci Lab

Data suggest that, in aggregate, men are dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than women. How can we interpret and make sense of this disparity? This analytical toolkit provides resources for unpacking and understanding apparent sex disparities in COVID-19 outcomes. Students are challenged to think critically about the causal primacy granted to biological sex in attempts to explain the gender/sex gap in COVID-19 mortality. Additionally, the toolkit offers a variety of social and demographic factors as alternative ways of understanding, investigating, and talking about inequities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The toolkit is a PowerPoint presentation offered for adoption in introductory-level gender studies, feminist science studies, and health sciences courses. It is accompanied by recommended readings and a user guide for instructors.

GenderSci Lab. (2020). Gender/Sex Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes

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