Paid and unpaid work during the Covid-19 pandemic: a study of the gendered division of domestic responsibilities during lockdown.

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Borah Hazarika, O. and Das, S.,

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Date:

2021

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Gender, Work & Livelihoods

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English

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Borah Hazarika, O. and Das, S., (2021). Paid and unpaid work during the Covid-19 pandemic: a study of the gendered division of domestic responsibilities during lockdown. Journal of Gender Studies, 30(4), pp.429-439.

This article attempts to explore the way unpaid domestic responsibilities including childcare, and housework were shared between parents in middle-class homes during the COVID-19 Pandemic in India. The gendered nature of this division of housework and care work, and its varied implications on the paid work and careers of mothers and fathers determined that women’s careers often took the back-seat due to an increase in household chores, childcare, and online schooling, whereas fathers often prioritised their office work. There was a reversion to traditionally determined gender roles.