June 2021

The New Battle for Equality

Article in Good Housekeeping

We’re well into the second decade of the 21st century, so why did it feel as if someone pressed a time-shift button when the Covid-19 pandemic struck? Within a matter of weeks of the first lockdown in 2020, we seemed to lurch back about 70 years. Lots of women lamented that it felt like being a 1950s housewife, except worse, if you had the added responsibility of holding down a job, too. Suddenly, many women were expected to produce three meals a day, as well as bearing most of the burden of home-schooling. While male partners were often working from home almost undisturbed, women were doing the vast majority of the unpaid work. 

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Journalist, author, public speaker, consultant, non-executive director, broadcaster

Mary Ann Sieghart is author of the best-selling book, The Authority Gap: Why Women Are Still Taken Less Seriously Than Men, and What We Can Do About it. She spent 20 years as Assistant Editor and columnist at The Times and won a large following for her columns on politics, economics, feminism, parenthood and life in general. She has presented many programmes on BBC Radio 4, such as Start the Week, Profile, Analysis, Fallout and One to One. She chaired the revival of The Brains Trust on BBC2 and recently spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She has chaired the Social Market Foundation think tank, is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and sits on numerous boards. She was Chair of the judges for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022.

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