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‘Pandemic, Professions and Progression’: the impact of COVID upon working women 

In this panel discussion the group considers the extra challenges presented to working women during the pandemic and contemplates whether or not homeworking is helping or hindering female progression.

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Join our panel as they discuss ‘Pandemic, Professions and Progression: the impact of COVID upon working women’. Chaired by Collyer Bristow Partner Tania Goodman the panel for this webinar, recorded in February 2021, features Amy Hambleton (RedLaw Recruitment) Maria Hind (Life Coach), Samara Dutton (Collyer Bristow) and Shivani Makh (Barclays Corporate).

Recent reports have suggested that women in business have been hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. A study by McKinsey and LeanIn found that “one in four women are contemplating…downshifting their careers or leaving the workplace completely” because of the pandemic. A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London found that in terms of working mothers they “are doing, on average, more childcare and more housework than fathers who have the same work arrangements”. Concerns have been raised about the impact on women’s earnings and career prospects which will result in the widening of the gap in gender equality.

In this panel discussion the group considers the extra challenges presented to working women during the pandemic and contemplates whether or not homeworking is helping or hindering female progression.


This event was produced by Collyer Bristow’s ‘Higher’ initiative; a professional network  which elevates women and champions equality in the workplace. Driven by a diverse internal committee, Higher supports women (both inside the firm and within our network of clients and contacts) in excelling in their careers.

Disclaimer: This content is provided for general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Appropriate legal or other professional opinion should be taken before taking or omitting to take any action in respect of any specific problem. Collyer Bristow LLP accepts no liability for any loss or damage which may arise from reliance on information contained in this material.

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