There’s a lot that’s been thrown into focus by the coronavirus crisis, from which we are now tentatively emerging.


Like a pair of bifocals alighting on our collective lifestyle, the pandemic has given clarity to a host of realisations previously too fuzzy to grasp firmly – the importance of small pleasures and self-care, yes, but also the grim precariousness of our healthcare systems and working patterns, the reality of our housing crisis and what really constitutes a key worker.


Chief among the social systems currently being highlighted as flawed, of course, is childcare. And at the centre of this picture, buckling wordlessly under the weight of our new reality, are the women.


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