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Covid takes a harder toll on women than men

Lesson plan

  1. Read the articles below and compare what is happening in Great Britain and the USA, write a short summary of the articles
  2. Discuss your findings in your group
  3. Using a shareable document in Word or Google docs,  the group writes an article where you discuss your findings
  4. If time write how this compares to other countries

No 10 pulls ‘sexist’ Covid ad showing all chores done by women

The row comes at a time when twice as many mothers as fathers say they will have to take time off with no pay due to school closures or a sick child, raising further fears that the economic fallout of the pandemic is falling disproportionately on women’s shoulders.

A May report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the UCL Institute of Education revealed that mothers in England were more likely than fathersto have lost their jobs during lockdown, and were able to do only one hour of uninterrupted paid work for every three hours done by men.

The government said the ad did “not reflect” its “view on women”. Conservative MP Caroline Nokes, chair of parliament’s women and equalities select committee, tweeted the image and commented: “Someone signed this off.”

That the image was published was indicative of a government with a blind spot on gender equality, said Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality party.

“This kind of typecasting makes my blood boil – the people who produced this are dinosaurs,” she said.

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