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Monika Wynn-Jones, accounts assistant and analyst, mother, wife
"In the beginning of the the lockdown a felt like Durga, wielding my work-at home laptop, the school timetable, a full shopping bag, a garden hoe, a roller for decorating, a mop and a rolling pin in the first seven hands whilst the eighth was clinging on to a cocktail glass. I felt I was responsible for all the planning, organising and cooking-- with the home-schooling of a year-5 girl who has the dreaded 11+ looming over her being the most terrifying and most unfamiliar task. This has now changed a bit. The school came up with a great routine and I gently reminded my husband that he might from time to time take over the cooking (preparing the two dishes that he masters). The planning of mealtimes, reminding my daughter to do her school work and practise her instrument is still on my shoulders, but IÕm more relaxed about it now. "

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.
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.
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Monika Wynn-Jones in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK, May 19, 2020

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