CNN) I sat down to write this story at 10 a.m. 10:05: Younger daughter asks for a snack. 10:10: She gets logged out of her online learning program and needs help logging back in. 10:12: Elder daughter asks why her sister has a snack and she doesn’t. […] But the lockdown is disastrous for women and their rights The only households where mothers and fathers are sharing childcare and housework equally are those in which both parents were previously working but the father has now stopped working for pay while the mother is still doing paid work, according to the IFS research, However, mothers in these households are doing paid work during an average of five hours a day in addition to doing the same amount of domestic work as their partner. “The vast increase in the amount of childcare that mothers are doing under lockdown, which many are juggling alongside paid work, is likely to put a strain on their well-being,” said Lucy Kraftman, a research economist at IFS and a coauthor of the report. […] Millions of dads are stuck at home — which could be a game changer for working moms “First, because of the closure of schools and daycare, businesses can no longer ignore the childcare needs of their employees. Many companies are making big investments in flexible work arrangements that will allow couples to better coordinate childcare and (hopefully) remove the need for one spouse to sacrifice career goals to focus on childcare,” he said.
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