After a conversation with a colleague, I realized the following. Many women have their home offices in the living room. Or somewhere where they can have a clear line of sight into wherever the kids are. A mother often doesn’t have a door on her home office because there are times when she can’t afford to seclude herself from what’s going on. And you don’t even have to be a mother. When we first bought our house, I set up my home office in what was supposed to be a dining room to be close to the kitchen while things are on the stove. (Also, that room has a carpet. What kind of an idiot eats on a carpet? It’s very unhygienic.)
All these women got screwed when COVID hit. I have a big beautiful office with a secretary at work but if your only office is a home office, and people are always there. . . It’s not good.