COVID-19 is having a tremendous impact on gender relations, as care needs have been magnified due to schools and day-care closures . Using topic modeling on over 1,100 open reports from a survey fielded during the first four weeks of the lockdown in Germany, we shed light on how personal experiences of the lockdown differ between women and men . Our results show that, in general, people were most concerned about social contacts and childcare . However, we find clear differences among genders: women worried more about childcare while men were more concerned about paid work and the economy . We argue that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women more heavily than men not only at the physical level of work (e.g . women are reducing more paid work hours than men), but also through increasing the division regarding the cognitive level of work (e.g . women are more worried about childcare work while men are about paid work). These developments can potentially contribute to a future widening of the gender wage gap during the recovery process.