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Lockdown has sealed the long march to equality working mothers have fought for

Barbara McCarthy


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Creche landing: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was at work six weeks after daughter Neve was born. Photo: AP

Creche landing: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was at work six weeks after daughter Neve was born. Photo: AP

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Creche landing: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was at work six weeks after daughter Neve was born. Photo: AP

After years of heated debate about equality in the workplace, Covid-19 could be the change women needed.

Lockdown may soon be a distant anecdote, but it opened Pandora's box to the elusive third option to work, which may never close again.

Before we were politely told to stay at home for fear of death, the mark of our progressive country was that 46pc of our workforce was made up of women. There was constant discussion around reducing childcare costs, introducing subsidies, offering flexible hours and making the transition to work smooth after maternity leave.