In the work-from-home battle for space, women are the reluctant nomads

<span class="caption">Ward Cleaver of the popular sitcom 'Leave It to Beaver' in his study.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Universal Pictures">Universal Pictures</a></span>
Ward Cleaver of the popular sitcom ‘Leave It to Beaver’ in his study. Universal Pictures

It’s just past 10 a.m. and my partner, on his third virtual meeting today, is working non-stop in our home office. My son has taken over the family room to attend a virtual science camp and video-editing classes and to play video games. I now realize that this will be his work space to attend distance learning classes in the fall.

For this reason, each morning, I find myself carrying my laptop and tea around my house trying to find a quiet place to work. Before the pandemic, I never needed a dedicated space at home for work. But now I’m faced with teaching online this fall and won’t have access to my campus office, which closed in March.

With Google announcing that its 200,000 employees can work from home until June 2021 – and

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