Sam Smethers, the chief executive of the Fawcett Society, told The Guardian: "In my view, women’s workplace equality will have been set back decades by this crisis unless government intervenes to avert it."
"We’re looking at the prospect of a two-tier workplace where men go back and women stay home. It’s taken us 20 years to get this far on female participation in the workforce, but it could take only months to unravel."
If you think about the easing up on lockdowns—what has been the priority? Seemingly economic considerations (car sales rooms opening, for example) rather than childcare.
That said, a shift to flexible work patterns could create a more equal playing field for some working parents. It’s important we campaign for this and fight against gender inequality when we return to life after lockdown, as working mothers have long-faced scrutiny and judgement for requesting flexible working hours. Now they are able to show they are still just as productive and effective.
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire U.K.