Scholars’ Hub @ Home: Mothers are front line workers: Care and Crisis under COVID-19
Mothers are front line workers: Care and Crisis under COVID-19
Andrea O’Reilly, PhD (Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies)
The central directive of the COVID-19 pandemic has been conveyed in two words: “stay home”. But there has been little public discussion on how families are managing under social isolation. Few have acknowledged, let alone sought to support, the crucial work mothers are doing as front-line workers to keep families functioning in these times of increasing uncertainty. As studies confirm, mothers do approximately 50 percent more domestic labour and childcare than fathers; with social isolation, the burden of care work has increased exponentially in both time and concern as mothers are running households with little or no support and under close to impossible conditions. This talk will explore how mothers are coping during this pandemic.