Business leaders, MPs and sports stars back Telegraph letter urging Government to close lockdown gender gap

Britain risks ‘sleepwalking’ into another economic problem by ‘overlooking women in the recovery plan’, warns Dame Helena Morrissey today, as she joins more than 50 business leaders, MPs and senior fashion and sport figures in urging the government to to take concrete action to stop the long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic on women.

In a letter to the editor of the Telegraph, which you can read in full below, some of the biggest names in finance, technology, fashion and politics including Dame Helena as well as Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Jane Shepherdson, former Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Caroline Nokes MP , call on the government to commit to considering the impact of policy making on women’s lives.

The letter, which is also signed by Denise Lewis, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Judy Murray and Gaby Logan, calls on the government to work to ensure women are always part of the policy-making process as studies show that the coronavirus lockdown is struggling this undoes clock in women’s lives.

Writing in the Telegraph today, Dame Helena is urging the Government to ‘double down’ its efforts on gender equality ‘not forgetting them’.

She said: “For many women, this special experience of working from home, with no childcare, no school, without the support network often provided by grandparents and friends, was not progress.

“We must remember that women must be engaged and fulfill their potential if our economy is to bounce back.”

Dame Helena writes: “If the pandemic and its aftermath turn back the clock on women’s progress in the workplace, it will be bad news for everyone. Right now, by overlooking women in the recovery plan, we risk collectively sleeping into another economic problem.” Business leaders, MPs and sports stars back Telegraph letter urging Government to close lockdown gender gap

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