COVID-19 has upended global systems of transportation and economic production. That includes all university work, scholarly conferences and business travel. We are still learning how this will affect our team here at the University of Oklahoma. But the cancellation of the Big Berks conference is a big disappointment. The Big Berks (Berkshire Conference of Women Historians) only happens every three years. The organizers dedicated YEARS to planning the events and program. And it is where the JWH Editorial Team presents its report. As the incoming Editors, we were really looking forward to that meeting to gain that orientation to Journal’s financial picture. Of course, the organizers made the right call, the toll of COVID-19 on our health-care system and communities becomes more evident on a daily basis.
It’s also becoming clear from other editors’ reports that the pandemic is having outsize impact on women in healthcare, as essential workers, and as family members. All around the world, children are out of school and day care, but those workers who can telecommute are expected to do so. For many scholars, that has meant a dramatic reduction in the time available for research and writing.
Here is an Inside Higher Ed article on the potential impact on women’s research : https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/21/early-journal-submission-data-suggest-covid-19-tanking-womens-research-productivity