Women, gaming, casinos, COVID-19


Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Gaming Law | Gender and Sexuality | Work, Economy and Organizations

Document Type

Original Review Article (Essays, Opinion Pieces, and/or Book Reviews)


COVID-19 exposes structural inequalities within American society which can no longer be ignored. Here, we highlight the structural inequalities women and women of color face that are glaringly apparent or exacerbated in the pandemic. Inequalities that play a role in the unemployment, insufficient workplace protection, and increased work-life demands of women and women of color in the gaming industry. Instead of returning to “normal” business post-pandemic, we urge gaming leaders to reflect on these inequities within their workplaces. We offer that guaranteed paid leave and permanent flexible work arrangements could improve the life of gaming women employees and their families.

Funding Sources

There is not funding to disclose in the preparation of this manuscript. Shekinah Hoffman and Itzel Alanis are both currently funded through the IGI Leaderverse initiative, which receives funding from Wynn Resorts and the Nevada State Legislature. During the past five years, Shekinah Hoffman has also received funding from Caesars Entertainment and The Rogers Foundation. None of these entities were involved in the preparation of this manuscript.

Competing Interests

We have no conflicts of interest to disclose.