Is coronavirus widening the gender gap and disadvantaging women? – BBC Newsnight



Around the world, the coronavirus lockdown has closed schools and forced hundreds of millions to work from home. But the lockdown has also had an unintended consequence – catapulting some women back to the 1950s. Subscribe to our channel here:

The coronavirus lockdown, which in the UK began at the end of March, has left households everywhere having to make do with new arrangements, such as a lack of childcare.

But new research from the University of Cambridge suggests that where there is a man in the household, more women are doing the heavy lifting when it comes to childcare, homeschooling and home care – often to the detriment of their own careers and well being.

So in this a temporary set back or, with an increasingly uncertain jobs market ahead, could this be one legacy of Covid19? 

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and businesswoman and former V****n Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia join Kirsty Wark to discuss how the virus has changed family dynamics and highlighted the gender divide.

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