Working Mothers.

Kim Talks 'Having It All'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

Kim Kardashian has spoken in defence of working mothers, claiming it’s “not a positive outlook” to say that women can’t “have it all”. ...

Motherhood and Leadership: Do They Mix?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Lack of support can leave women "faced with the feeling like they're not enough at either home or work" and prone to dropping out, says Chivers. "These are women who know they can deliver great things at work and raise happy, normal kids if only their and their partners' employers would trust them enough to crack on in flexible fashion."

Sleep Is the Greatest Healer

Natalie Wisdom | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Wisdom

I hate days like this because I don't want to do this anymore and I dislike myself for not wanting to do this anymore. I miss my old life, not because it was more fulfilling, not by any stretch, merely because it wasn't this; it wasn't 'today'. I miss the life I took for granted whilst watching repeats of programmes I didn't even enjoy very much the first time I watched them.

The Mummy Track - A Man-Made Trap

Soozi Baggs | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This is the Mummy Track. A subtle quirk of the workplace which somehow manages to circumvent equal employment legislation and allows pregnant women and mothers to be shamefully discriminated against.

Top 10 Hacks for the Working, Breastfeeding Mother

Jessica Shortall | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Pumping breast milk is a part-time job on top of the full-time job, not to mention that other little thing about going home and raising a baby. So it's no wonder that working, breastfeeding women are vertiable magicians when it comes to hacking their jobs, their breast pumps, and their surroundings to make it all work.

So, If You've Ignored My Advice...

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

My last musing was to suggest that we eschew the Power Maternity Leave and enjoy our time sitting around in Starbucks, adore our little ones and generally join the ranks of the yummy mummy brigade with gusto...

Making Flexible Working Work for You

Penny de Valk | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Penny de Valk

Despite regular reports that flexible workers are more productive and committed, the practice is still regularly presented as one of the biggest issues in the workplace, with managers too often looking at it as a problem to be solved rather than as a problem solving tool.

Why Maternity Leave Was the Perfect Time to Quit My Job

Soozi Baggs | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

For 4 weeks I had no job to go to or even think about; and no babies yet. For the first time, probably since I was at university, I was completely free to do what I wanted for days on end. Of course, what I wanted most of all was to sit on the sofa like a beached whale - I was huge and had no energy. But still, the feeling of freedom was starting to take hold.

Nigel Farage Couldn't Be More Wrong - Supporting Working Mums Is Good for Business

Sharon Hodgson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sharon Hodgson

Nobody should ever judge mothers on the choices they make when it comes to balancing work and family life; it should always be a personal choice. But this choice needs to be a meaningful one, not simply picking the least worst option. Unfortunately, this still isn't the case for far too many women. We can and we must do better.

Why I've Stopped Calling Myself a Mumpreneur

Soozi Baggs | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

In describing mumpreneurs as the "pin-money posse" the Daily Mail article defined mumpreneurship as being something that people dabble in - a kind of play business where the reward is pocket money for new shoes.

Why Has It Taken This Long for Dads to Be Noticed?

Molly McGreevy | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Molly McGreevy

According a web survey by insurance company Aviva, 18% of couples split childcare responsibilities evenly, with 6% of men now the primary carer of their child. Pushing the figure from 6,000 in 2000 to 600,000 in 2010. And in a less scientific survey done by myself sat in the window of my front room at 3:30pm, more and more Dads are at the school gates.

Why Working Mothers Are Worth Every Penny

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yasmina Siadatan

So you have been through pregnancy, childbirth and the early months looking after baby. And when it is time to return to work you feel completely inadequate. All that occupies your mind is milk feeds, washing clothes, routine, and where the next unbroken sleep might be coming from. Fear not. Once the fog has cleared, you will go back a better worker. And the fog will clear within days of returning... For some the need to be flexible is paramount. The traditional 9-5 (or 8-7 which is quite normal in many jobs) is not conducive to looking after little ones.

Winning at the University of Life?

Kerrie McGiveron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kerrie McGiveron

So I am technically classed as a 'mature' student. Mature students make up about a third of all students in the UK, so I'm certainly not alone in this. Sometimes, though, being a mature student can feel like the loneliest role in the world...

The Disappearance of the Nine -Fivers

Charlie Green | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie Green

Businesses on different sides of the world, in different time zones, need to communicate instantly and the digitalization of business with the advancement of smartphones and tablets has meant that the working day has stretched out.

Motherhood, Work and Personal Contentment

Dessislava Bell | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dessislava Bell

I want my employees to be able to see motherhood (and fatherhood) as beneficial to their careers, not hostile to them. Making parenthood visible at Zaggora and emphasising the importance of personal contentment outside of work are two ways I hope to see that realised in my own workplace.

Untapped Talent: How Family-Friendly Employment Practices Help Women Fulfil Their Potential

Ann McKechin | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

Equality is a good in itself but, as the committee's report says, ensuring that women have the opportunity to realise their maximum potential is as much an economic argument as one about equality. That should be enough to convince all sides that change is needed.

Mums: Damned if We Do, Damned if We Don't (Work)

Hillary Graves | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hillary Graves

The point is that being a mum, whether you are working or not working, is no easy feat. Shouldn't we be supportive of each other regardless of our choice (or non-choice) about whether to work or not? At the very least, surely we shouldn't pass judgment on each other.

Top Ten Fears of Impending Motherhood

Taylor Glenn | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Taylor Glenn

There's no maternity leave in comedy. Well, there is, but the fear is it could be indefinite, and it's most certainly unpaid. The majority of industry people have been great, but I have had the occasional 'Oh, you're pregnant? OK bye, loser!' moments.

Talking About My Generation

Kate Gunn | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Gunn

This morning I got up at 6 o'clock with the baby. I then went straight to the kitchen to begin preparing food for my eight children for the day ahead....

Why It's Not Always Possible to 'Lean In'

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

Since its release just over two weeks ago, much has been said and written about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will To Lead. I am not one of Sheryl's haters, in fact, having had the opportunity to witness her speak on a number of occasions while we both worked at Google, I can testify that she is a truly inspirational woman. However, I feel that her story only represents one type of woman, the successful woman in business who also has children.

1 In 7 Women Made Redundant After Maternity Leave

PA | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

One in seven women are made redundant after maternity leave amid growing levels of discrimination, a new study has found. One in 10 women surveyed ...

Fifty Years on From 'The Feminine Mystique', Now Childless Working Women Ask, 'Is This All?'

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

For those experiencing feminism's unintended consequences - childless, working women of my generation who, just like Friedan's housewives, are wondering if there's 'something more' - it can feel like the pendulum swung too far the other way.

The British State Nursery System and Why It Doesn't Work For Working Parents

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen I. Hwang

Suddenly, I've become a private school parent because I'm a mom who wants to work. With the hour and a half a parent gets to themselves from a state school nursery, I realized that those parents don't work.

Liz Jones - So Much for the Sisterhood

Karen Maher | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Maher

I read recently that to have a child is to forever have your heart walk around outside your body. I would like to add to this rather lovely sentiment...

Mumpreneurs - The Only Way Forward!

Lana Citron | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Four and a half months in and I am finding having a decent telephone conversation hard enough, never mind a full night's sleep. So why would a mere mortal mother bother to compare herself with a mumpreneur?