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Mask-wearing for kids another reminder of the gender divide

Kathy Donaghy


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Eight men, and not a single woman, attended the meeting where it was decided to bring the issue of mask-wearing by children to the Cabinet. Photo: Stock image

Eight men, and not a single woman, attended the meeting where it was decided to bring the issue of mask-wearing by children to the Cabinet. Photo: Stock image

It’s a man’s world: Eight men, and not one woman, attended the meeting where it was decided to bring the issue of mask-wearing by children to the Cabinet.

It’s a man’s world: Eight men, and not one woman, attended the meeting where it was decided to bring the issue of mask-wearing by children to the Cabinet.

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Eight men, and not a single woman, attended the meeting where it was decided to bring the issue of mask-wearing by children to the Cabinet. Photo: Stock image

I slipped the mask over my 10-year-old son’s ears, showing him how to adjust it and fix it, making sure he had spares in his schoolbag. When he looked up at me, his big eyes wide and waiting for approval, I tried not to cry. This latest front in the war on Covid – schoolchildren masking up – feels tough.

I wasn’t alone. Every mother I spoke to on the first day of the new restrictions in schools, under which children from third class up must wear masks in class, was glum. It felt like yet another element of our children’s precious childhoods being chipped away by the pandemic.


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