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Many months into the pandemic, we examine the effects working from home is having on the ways housework and childcare get done there. Forced togetherness and relentless negotiations for space and time are creating a more even division of labor within some families, which may lead to career gains for mothers.

Harvard Business School professor Kathleen McGinn highlights findings from her ongoing research on how working parents are reconsidering and shifting their roles and responsibilities. Then, we discuss how women are navigating those negotiations and pushing for a more equitable future with two working mothers with young children at home: HBR.org editor Maureen Hoch and Katherine Goldstein, host of the podcast The Double Shift.

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Kathleen McGinn is a professor and senior associate dean at Harvard Business School.

Katherine Goldstein is the host of the podcast The Double Shift.

Maureen Hoch is the editor of HBR.org and the supervising editor of Women at Work.

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Email us: womenatwork@hbr.org

A complete transcript will be available by October 19.

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