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Anju Sharda, civil servant, singer, mother, wife
"IÕm loving the slowness of life in lockdown. Not having to commute into London 5 days a week, rush home to ferry my 11 year old to clubs and rustle up dinner means IÕm not exhausted at the end of each day. I have the time and energy to do the things I love. IÕve always been very creative, so amongst other things IÕve started working on a William Morris tapestry I bought over two years ago!"

Throughout the lockdown, I heard many career women talk about feeling like a Ò1950Õs housewife.Ó They have found that their family roles have been reversed, intensified and turned upside down. Some have struggled with their new roles and some have embraced them. Cooking and cleaning have taken on a new importance as many homes are now filled with family members around the clock. By many accounts, womenÕs careers are being seriously sidelined as a direct result of the
pandemic. For some, this means that their lives have become 1950Õs cliches, with mothers now responsible for the majority of childcare and housework.
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Research has found that nearly three quarters of mothers in the UK have come to view themselves as the ÒdefaultÓ parent during the lockdown period and beyond. The University of Sussex study also said that 70% of women reported them as responsible for all or most home schooling.
All portraits ©Suzanne Plunkett 2020

Anju Sharda as 1950's housewife in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK, May 18, 2020

I am @suzanne_plunkett and am a freelance photographer based just outside of London in Hertfordshire, UK.


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