Arab women now face not only the logistical struggles of balancing work, childcare, healthcare and domestic labor, but also a widespread mindset that their career success is secondary. By Radwa El Taweel.
Two weeks before Brunswick moved to a global work-from-home policy, I found out I was pregnant with my first child.
With this news came the joy of bringing a new life into the world, the excitement of shopping for tiny shoes and onesies with ears. But the news also brought fear about the impact on my career, about being held back or perceived as inefficient and distracted.
That is not a new fear for women, of course. But it is heightened during this unprecedented, global human crisis.
For me, being pregnant during this pandemic has brought to light the outsized impact of adverse economic conditions on women. The experience has been tough for everyone, of course, but the implications for women, and in particular women in the Arab World, could be longer lasting than most.