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“The lack of adequate childcare still holds women back in the workplace” – Miriam Stoppard

dr Miriam Stoppard reports on a King’s College survey that underscores that a woman’s career is far more likely to be impacted by parenthood

A survey suggests that the childcare burden falls unequally on women
A survey suggests that the childcare burden falls unequally on women

There was a time when it was common for women to sacrifice any career prospects because of their responsibilities childcare.

Unwilling to succumb to this stereotype, I remember the moment I decided that even if my entire salary went towards childcare, I would still be working.

Things haven’t changed much. One in five people (19%) in the UK say childcare issues prevented them from applying for a job or getting a promotion at work, or made them leave work or consider quitting a job .

A survey with the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, this is the case, as always, above all with women, who say this twice (26%) as men (13%). So much for equal parenting.

Two in five people (41%) still say childcare during the workday is more likely to hurt a woman’s career, compared to just one in ten (9%) who think it is more likely to hurt a man’s career.

The compatibility of work and caring responsibilities is a top issue for women, affecting one in five. Aside from the workplace, the most common issues affecting British women are domestic violence (31%), sexual harassment (27%) and sexual violence (23%), and a number of institutions are more likely to treat women worse than men.

Perceptions of prejudice against women are particularly high when it comes to media and social media: two in five people think women are treated worse by the media than men (43%), and half think the same about social media (49%).

Kelly Beaver, Chief Executive of Ipsos UK, which conducted the survey, said: “This latest study underscores the fact that for women to have true equality in the workplace and to ensure that caring responsibilities are shared equally, men need to be truly equal at home.

“The data also shows the persistent perception gap, with men thinking things are more equal than women in the workplace. It’s a gap that needs to be bridged to make progress on gender equality in the workplace.”

Professor Rosie Campbell, Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London said: “The Covid-19 Pandemic has underscored the fact that childcare is a core infrastructure.

“While access to affordable, quality childcare has increased in the UK over the last few decades, the UK is lagging behind many other European nations and this is affecting both individuals and society’s ability to realize our full economic potential .”

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/the-lack-proper-childcare-still-26713385 "The lack of adequate childcare still holds women back in the workplace" - Miriam Stoppard

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