The 51%

A woman's work: Has Covid-19 seen the return of the 1950s housewife?

THE 51 PERCENT
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In this edition, we take a look at the value of a woman's work in the Covid-19 era. Has one side-effect of the lockdown been the return of the 1950s housewife where women are once again, assumed to be in charge of running the household while working from home? Or is it 50/50? We talk to Dr Heejung Chung, a sociologist at the University of Kent. Also in Spain, thousands of domestic workers, such as cleaners and carers, are finally given access to unemployment benefits but only during the pandemic.