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By all signs, the impact of the pandemic will disproportionately fall along gender lines, with mothers more likely to lose employment and carry the load of crisis schooling at home. While there are online COVID-19 resources like the downloadable Child Mind Institute parent guide that help, there is nothing that replaces a strong physical network (even if that means Facetime and Zoom parties at this time) that promotes resilience. Studies show that high income mothers are more likely than poor mothers to have emotional support, resulting in disparities in physical and mental health issues.

I am part of a support system of different categories of mothers, all of whom I consider friends and comrades in these shelter-in-place times. These real and reciprocal relationships with other mothers are my part of my personal story of survival, yet the social scientist in me can’t help but group them by key characteristics. There are four types of moms in many of our communities: