Statistics show that stress and burnout are affecting more women than men en masse. Why – and what happens next?

Woman widely feels like they been overlooked for promotions and pay rises at work on account of their gender, particularly if they become a mother.  They pick up the brunt of childcare responsibilities because predominantly husbands tend to travel more frequently for work.

Jia, a Manhattan-based consultant, says she’d never struggled with her mental health before. “But now I’m just trying to get through each week while staying sane,” she says.

Jia’s story is symptomatic of a deeply ingrained imbalance in society that the pandemic has both highlighted and exacerbated. For multiple reasons, women, particularly mothers, are still more likely than men to manage a more complex set of responsibilities on a daily basis – an often-unpredictable combination of unpaid domestic chores and paid professional work.

LinkedIn research on inequality factors:

  • 74% of women said they were very or somewhat stressed for work-related reasons, compared with just 61% of employed male respondents.
  • mothers in paid employment are 23% more likely to experience burnout than fathers in paid employment
  • male peers earn more than female counterparts, something that causes a huge amount of stress
  • burnout among women are greater because of differences in job conditions and the impact of gender on progression.

The academics concluded that women were more vulnerable to burnout than men because women were less likely to be promoted than men, and therefore more likely to be in positions with less authority which can lead to increased stress and frustration. The researchers also found that women were more likely to head single-parent families, experience child-related strains, invest time in domestic tasks and have lower self-esteem – all things that can exacerbate burnout.

Src : BBC