The lockdown is turning back the clock on women’s lives in Britain

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Studies in 2019 showed that slight progress had been made in closing the gender pay gap in the UK in recent years, but the lockdown has stalled this progress - Joe Giddens/PA
Studies in 2019 showed that slight progress had been made in closing the gender pay gap in the UK in recent years, but the lockdown has stalled this progress – Joe Giddens/PA

SIR – We are concerned that the long-term impact on women is being overlooked in the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

We don’t deny that men have been affected disproportionately by the virus itself, but evidence shows that the damage done to women in Britain during the pandemic could last for years – and set them back decades.

New research by the Fawcett Society and the Women’s Budget Group has already found that the response to the pandemic has had a disproportionately negative effect on women in all sectors and age groups.

According to the Resolution Foundation, women are more likely than men to be working in sectors that have shut down during the pandemic. Mothers are

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