Employers’ attitudes to flexible working, gender equality in parenting, the division of childcare and housework between fathers and mothers; Linnea Dunne questions whether the past year has really changed anything
Back when that first lockdown happened, almost immediately I said: This is it. This is the thing that will accelerate equality between parents. And then the articles claiming that the shut-down of society had put women back to the 1950s started to come in. So which is it? At the very least, surely employers forced to make flexible, remote working work over the past year should be more inclined to approve requests for the same in the future. But will fathers who’ve had a taste of ‘having it all’ be more likely to ask?