Professional Women's Challenges In The New Normal Research Released

For Immediate Release
Aug. 2, 2022

Contact: Amy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Strategic Development 


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Women Lead Change, in partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago, has released the results of a nationwide survey conducted on professional women’s challenges in the new normal. Key insights include the changing nature of work, and continued challenges of managing work and family. Items of note include:

  • Although employees see remote work as beneficial, it can also create feelings of isolation, blurred boundaries, and coordination problems.

  • Hybrid work may be here to stay.

  • Flexibility and workplace support are factors that can increase employee retention and alleviate employee stress.

Download the full report here.

“The findings from this new research underscore the need for employers to adapt to continue to recruit and retain an engaged workforce,” Tiffany O’Donnell, CEO of Women Lead Change said. “Although there were slight improvements reported in mental health, challenges continue, just in new ways we may have not considered before.”

The goal of collecting and reporting this critical data is to help organizations, policy makers, and communities identify effective ways to support women.

Zhenyu Yuan, Assistant Professor, Department of Managerial Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago collected the survey responses and analyzed that data. Responses were confidential and reported results have been de-identified. This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

IWLC d/b/a Women Lead Change is a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement, development and promotion of women, their organizations, and to impacting the economy and future workforce. For more information visit


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