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Angela Sims, textile print designer, wife, mother
ÒThere is time here and there for me to design but the constant interruptions mean IÕve had to largely let go of my usual work as I was turning into an ogre which isnÕt conducive to a happy family lockdown! IÕve rediscovered a creative outlet in sewing instead which I can pick up and put down quite happily. The family are currently together 24/7 so keeping us all calm, happy and entertained I feel is more of a priority right now.
"I work from home but family life has taken over. My husband and daughter are suddenly home every day and I feel my role as a mother and wife has really come to the fore, leaving very little ÔmeÕ time. My husband does help with the cleaning though which is as it should be!"

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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Angela Sims as 1950's housewife in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK, May 18, 2020

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