‘Under the conditions of the crisis, the care of children, their education and the compatibility with employment is once again becoming a private matter,’ according to a study by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

To put it bluntly, the contradictions of contemporary motherhood are becoming clearer than ever before under the conditions of the crisis. The famous double burden cannot be managed in the private sphere and this primarily falls back on mothers. They are successful at work when they work just as hard as childless women and men. Their family duties must remain invisible. This is possible as long as the little ones are in daycare, school or after-school care.

Now this is no longer feasible and mothers neglect their jobs more than fathers. And parents more than childless people.

‘After the crisis, bosses will remember those who kept the business running, i.e. the childless and the fathers,’ says Bastin Sonja. Daycare centre and school closures have led to a burden on parents that is ‘not sustainable for them.’ The political debate on this is starting too late for the sociologist from the University of Bremen. Read the article in my comments section.

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Posted by Natascha Hoffner, Founder & CEO of herCAREER, WiWo columnist, LinkedIn TOP Voice 2020, W&V 2019 – 100 Köpfe
published on LinkedIn on 04.06.2020