Many women struggling to juggle professional and personal commitments during pandemic
A new report has revealed that women are being put under a lot of pressure when it comes to their work-life balance during the pandemic, especially as lockdown measures are being lifted.
With the Covid-19 lockdown gradually easing, many people are being asked to come back to work, however, not all children have been able to return to school or nursery, with many not expected to go back until September.
Research has shown that many women are now having to juggle multiple professional and personal commitments – working full time, taking care of their children and managing the household.
Couples have had to choose who is going to be in charge of most of the domestic and parental load, and whose work is going to have priority, and for women, it is the domestic work that tends to take priority.
In order to somehow safeguard their careers, many have been working before their children get up, after they go to bed, at night, and on weekends.
Professor Natalie Clavijo, from NEOMA Business School, said, “Even when women are the ‘breadwinners’ of the family, providing financial support to the rest of the family, their internalisation of their role as ‘caregivers’ is leading them to think that they are the ones who
Ludivine Perray-Redslob from Emlyon Business School, added, “More than ever, this pandemic shows that gender equality is not just a question of financial independence or career valorization. Gender norms are at the root of such inequalities and must be addressed and explained so that equality is fully redesigned.”
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