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Whose job gets priority?

Virginia Haussegger is chair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra, and expresses her frustration in this article about decisions being made in the COVID-19 space.  She raises the issue of when a couple is deciding ‘who will do the lion’s share of home schooling and child caring during this stressful home isolation time, when both parents are normally at work, whose job do you think will get priority?’  Virginia also highlights the work of Romy Listo, the Equality Rights Alliance project co-ordinator who is also one of our Board members.  She quotes Romy about what she calls the “household dividend” – which is the economic imperative to favour men as the primary earner.

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