Future of Work

There’s a way to create 300 million jobs and boost equality

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Mothers were three times as likely as fathers to do most of the housework and caregiving during COVID. Image: Unsplash/Jonathan Borba.

Stefan Ellerbeck
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Chart showing how housework and caregiving duties have increase for mothers in the pandemic.
Women took on more of the rise in household responsibilities than men during the pandemic. Image: McKinsey & Company

Chart showing share of potential mothers by duration of maternity leave.
Maternity leave of at least 18 weeks is far from standard in some parts of the world. Image: International Labor Organization


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