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Balancing Parenthood and your Career

Being a working parent can be tough

I have three small children and they can be a handful, on any given morning I could easily negotiate with Mr Three on the fundamental process of wearing trousers, Mr 18 months spilling his breakfast, (cue a change of clothes) and Mr 6 mysteriously“losing” his school shoes (I consistently them under the bed), all this as well as getting myself ready for work, before 7.15 am.

Claire Roper, Balancing parenthood and your career

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Working Mothers through the decades

Attitudes and behaviours have changed over the decades and now it’s common place to have a diverse workforce, with a balance of men and women. But it wasn’t always that way.

In the 1950’s 1.5million women in Britain worked as either secretaries or typists, these jobs were generally reserved for unmarried or single women, the other role, was either a house wife or stay at home mother.

Around the Globe

Globally more working mothers have been entering the workforce, our friends over in the United States report the proportion of working mothers has increased 800% since1860, according to data by Ancestry.com. The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern is currently pregnant and only the second sitting leader to ever give birth while holding office, the other was Benazir Bhutto Prime Minister of Pakistan in1989.

"I am not the first woman to multitask. I'm not the first woman to work and have a baby.” - Jacinta Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

In the early 1980's Harriet Harmon was elected when she was seven months pregnant for Peckham (now Camberwell and Peckham). “I think a balanced team of men and women makes better decisions.” - Harriet Harmon, Solicitor and Labour Party politician