Mum takes care of the household and children, dad goes to work. We thought we’d made progress on gender equality. However, the coronavirus crisis has reminded us how far we still have to go, from rising gender-based violence during lockdown, to frontline care workers being disproportionately female (and therefore more exposed to infection), to working mothers being expected by their partners to shoulder the majority of childcare and homeschooling duties.
During the pandemic, a majority of those designated as “essential workers” have been women, including healthcare professionals, primary and secondary school teachers, and supermarket cashiers. Yet job losses during the pandemic have also disproportionately fallen on women. Not to mention the “macho” stereotypes that have seen men take social distancing less seriously or made it more difficult to accept they need help.
Has coronavirus revived our gender stereotypes? Has the job of childcare and homeschooling fallen to women by default during lockdown? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!