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James Breadin, television production manager, husband, cyclist, dad, D.I.Y. maven
"My role changed in that I normally work away from home, mostly every weekend at sports events. It all came to a very sudden and absolute halt, I had zero work overnight. Now, I am spending 3-4 hours a day homeschooling three daughters, cooking their meals and finding ways to entertain them in the afternoons. During lockdown, I have jet washed the entire outside of the house, cleaned my car for the first time ever (and I have done that now 4 times), I have painted the entire garden fence, varnished and sanded the outside furniture and just done everything I possibly can to fill the hours. But, after all the time at home, I have a much closer relationship with my daughters.
When this is over I will be looking for ways of spending more time with my family as opposed to purely concentrating on work and earning money."

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.
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James Breadin, with daughters Martha, Eadie and Dora in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK, May 23, 2020

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


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