It's OK not to be OK: Shared Reflections from two PhD Parents in a Time of Pandemic

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Abstract

Adopting an intersectional feminist lens, we explore our identities as single and co-parents thrust into the new reality of the UK COVID-19 lockdown. As two PhD students, we present shared reflections on our intersectional and divergent experiences of parenting and our attempts to protect our work and families during a pandemic. We reflect on the social constructions of ‘masculinities’ and ‘emphasized femininities’ as complicated influence on our roles as parents. Finally, we highlight the importance of time and self-care as ways of managing our shared realities during this uncertain period. Through sharing reflections, we became closer friends in mutual appreciation and solidarity as we learned about each other’s struggles and vulnerabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-733
JournalGender, Work & Organization
Volume27
Issue number5
Early online date23 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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