Working Women

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."

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.

Career Women To Blame For Absolutely Everything, Confirms Daily Mail

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Women who have careers are to blame for everything that is wrong with the world, the Daily Mail has confirmed. The latest hazard caused by women fo...

The Real Challenge of Juggling Work and Motherhood? Divvying up Your Brain Space

Naomi Greenaway | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi Greenaway

Creating the ideal work-life balance is usually discussed in terms of juggling time. But slicing and dicing our hours between work and motherhood is only half the challenge. Equally important is how we juggle our headspace and how skillful we are at separating the two worlds.

Planet Office

Sophia Parsons | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophia Parsons

For the past few months I have opened myself up to the world of the office environment, having never experienced this sort of bubble before (usually succumbing myself to either working with children or making coffee) I was apprehensive and intrigued about what I would learn from these new and unfamiliar surroundings.

Calling Time on Breastfeeding?

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I have spoken to women who wanted to nurse their babies but couldn't, or decided enough was enough after a few weeks. Many women have perfectly healthy infants and decided right at the start that breastfeeding just wasn't for them, and others are still feeding five-year-olds. I was lucky in that I decided to nurse and, with help, was able to.

Poorna Bell

How These Ladies Are Changing The Conversation Around Working Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you're fed up with your current job or are a mother trying to find different ways to work, the lack of help allowing you to change things is s...

Dirty Work

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

Why should women waste their precious time putting on mascara and foundation and shaving their legs? Who has that kind of excess time? Personally, my goal is to get to work as quickly as possible in the morning and to start applying myself to the tasks at hand. Note: I mean applying myself to my work, not applying make-up to myself.

Women Breadwinners Feel the Financial Pinch - Pay Day Lenders Benefit

Jenny Garrett | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

Women breadwinners need to manage their money effectively and earn more. Shockingly, even in 2013 on average women earn 80% of what a man would earn doing the same role.

Female Quotas Are Nasty But Necessary

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

We all know business and politics are dominated by men. In a rather pathetic indictment of the situation, there are more Eton graduates than women in the Cabinet. But why are we resorting to quotas to address the problem? What happened to skills and talent?

Having it All - The Career, The Kids and Your Sanity

Kate Thompson | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

The trick is, to not feel the pressure from all sides, but instead to accept that you can have it all as long as you have help. If giving up work to have children is what's important to you, then do it. If you don't want to give up work but do want to give your children enough of your time, then look at working part time or taking some time off before going back to work.

Time for Fresh Thinking on Diversity

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

The Cranfield Female FTSE board report published this week - the annual benchmarking report and update to Lord Davies about the number of women on boards - should give chief executives, chairmen and executive search firms pause for thought.

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.

The Mobile Phone as an Important Tool for Women Entrepreneurs in India

Cherie Blair | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

The beauty of modern technology is that it has vastly speeded up communication and the transmission of information, helping businesses to become more efficient and productive. But this acceleration poses a real challenge for many small business owners who can get left behind if they aren't "up to speed". But for the women entrepreneurs in these same areas those difficulties are multiplied by cultural traditions that often prevent them from being included in local business networks and markets.

The Stress of Being Wonder Woman

Dr Katherine Tryon | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Katherine Tryon

Today, on National Stress Awareness Day, if you are feeling the pressure, instead of ignoring it perhaps take a moment to think about how you can de-clutter your day of all the things that are causing you stress and take some time for yourself.

Creating a Purpose Driven Organisation Where People Love to Work

Therese Sofie Kinal | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Therese Sofie Kinal

So, what have I learned so far? It's hard, takes constant focus and effort in everything you do, and you need to make some compromises. But when it works, it's nothing short of magic.

Want Carers to Have Jobs? Give Them the Same Rights as Parents

Moira Fraser | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

Government policy on carers and employment is all over the place. On the one hand they realise that unpaid carers are a vital group who we need to keep in that role because otherwise it would cost the country a fortune, but on the other hand they want them to work.

Why a Mother's Unhealthy Attachment to Her Kids Starts Long Before They're Born

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 01.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

This idea that women are 'putting their children first' is entirely misleading, it seems to me. Women are merely putting work very firmly second.

Different Choices Have Different Outcomes: Feminism Can't Change That

Shreen Ayob | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Shreen Ayob

Feminism has long been conflated with self-indulgent, over-entitled melancholy, but to me the difference is clear. The editor of Vogue, Alexandra Shu...

Not Offering Enough Part-Time Jobs Means a Huge Loss of Talent

Sarah Ebner | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Ebner

It's incredibly difficult to get a part-time job, especially if you are professional, qualified and reasonably well-paid. Too many companies aren't open to the part-time option or to job-shares. Too many women are trapped in the job they have. There is nowhere else to go. It's worse if you have had a baby without the security of a job to go back to. It took me years to get a part-time position, and I know I am not alone. In fact, I have been banging on about this, and the waste of a whole tranche of intelligent, well qualified women, for years.

Women Need More Self-Confidence to Emerge as Web Heroines in Design and Tech

Rosie Rogers | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Tech
Rosie Rogers

It's a well known fact that there are not enough women working in the technology and design industries today. Women only make up 12% of the workforce, and only 5% of board members at FTSE listed companies are women.

Closer Now

Deborah Smith | Posted 04.03.2012 | UK
Deborah Smith

A week before I'm due to leave for Kabul to take up the position, there's a devastating suicide bombing in Kabul at a supermarket frequented by many foreigners. A prominent human rights lawyer, her husband and three little children were killed, along with a French film maker and two Afghan security guards.

Do Women Create Their Own Stress?

Ann Girling | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ann Girling

In 2000 I was diagnosed with stress related depression. Until that moment I thought I was superwoman and could do it all; run a home, rear a child and succeed at the job I loved and do it all to the highest standard, with no concern for my own health and wellbeing. I was on a hamster wheel created entirely by myself.

Solo Travel: Holidaying Alone Doesn't Have to be Lonely

Karen Edwards | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

We've all been there at some stage, haven't we? You're desperately in need of a holiday (a week in Kos or maybe something more exotic) but your partner/mates are far too busy with their hectic work lives. So what do you do? Wait until someone's free (but it seems like you've waited months already) - OR go on your own? Yes! You could go on holiday on your own!