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‘All the single ladies’ as the ideal academic during times of COVID-19?

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  • Ea Høg Utoft
Much of what has hitherto been written about women’s lived experiences of the coronavirus pandemic takes their status as mothers and the spouses of men for granted. Skewed care demands on women researchers working from home may translate into individual career disadvantage and cumulative, large‐scale gender inequalities in the future, which is undeniably a serious issue. However, the narrative that single, childfree women must currently, by contrast, be unconcernedly enjoying a surge of productivity needs to be nuanced. Therefore, with this paper, I autoethnographically discuss how living alone in the context of the Covid‐19 pandemic provides its own set of circumstances and is hardly problem‐free, which affects how one can deal with issues of academic productivity and work‐life balance. Also, I take issue with the premise that our productivity is the golden standard against which we and our worth should be measured while we are living through a global crisis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Pages (from-to)778-787
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • autoethnography, coronavirus, productivity, singlehood, work–life balance

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