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Ruth Colin, Musician and teacher, mother, wife, self proclaimed "wearer of many hats"

Colin planted a vegetable patch for the first time ever just as the lockdown was announced. ÒI planted carrots beetroot radishes, potatoes, onions and leeks. I started with basic vegetables, weÕre not doing asparagus yet!
"We are living the Ôgood lifeÕ being creative, being positive, finding ways to still make some money, putting on a face for the camera.
But, there is the constant low level hum of anxiety (which bubbles up and over frequently too) with my husband very likely to lose his dental business (having taken a massive bank loan to try and ride this out), and therefore the house too.
My A-Level child has no schooling and no idea of how to navigate applying for university, no dance, no learning to drive, no social life.
My University child has lost his independence and social learning life.
IÕm here with my pinny (apron) on trying to keep it all normal (and sometimes failing)"

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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Ruth Colin in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, UK, May 23, 2020

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