Here’s the thing about travel and privilege

Travel

My three-year-old has already been to eight countries. She’s also been all over Scotland, including the Outer Hebrides, Perthshire, Fife, the Borders and Argyll. This kid has seen more of the world as a toddler than I saw until I was in my 20s – and up until recently, I was pretty proud of that […]

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Should we all work four-day weeks?

Working parents

What would you do with the gift of an extra day? This question was posed by Kirsty Wark at her recent talk advocating for a four-day work week at TEDx Glasgow. She argued that working shorter weeks makes staff more productive, improves staff retention, makes people happier and gives them time for self-development. All stuff […]

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Why I need to start playing roller derby again

Feminism

I caught a glimpse of myself in the gym mirror today, all sweaty and disheveled-looking in my Gotham Girls Roller Derby top, and all I could think was, damn, I miss getting knocked on my ass by strong women. Usually when I tell people that I used to play roller derby, they have no idea […]

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When you’re no longer the favourite parent

Parenting

I walked into my daughter’s room to wake her up. “Daddy?” she said. “No, it’s Mummy,” I said. Her face crumpled. “I WANT DADDY!” She buried her face in her pillow and threw her duvet over her head. Well, this is new, I thought. You see, ever since my daughter was born, I’ve been the […]

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Here’s the thing about travel and privilege


Travel

My three-year-old has already been to eight countries. She’s also been all over Scotland, including the Outer Hebrides, Perthshire, Fife, the Borders and Argyll. This kid has seen more of the world as a toddler than I saw until I was in my 20s – and up until recently, I was pretty proud of that […]

June 20, 2018

Should we all work four-day weeks?


Working parents

What would you do with the gift of an extra day? This question was posed by Kirsty Wark at her recent talk advocating for a four-day work week at TEDx Glasgow. She argued that working shorter weeks makes staff more productive, improves staff retention, makes people happier and gives them time for self-development. All stuff […]

June 4, 2018

Why I need to start playing roller derby again


Feminism

I caught a glimpse of myself in the gym mirror today, all sweaty and disheveled-looking in my Gotham Girls Roller Derby top, and all I could think was, damn, I miss getting knocked on my ass by strong women. Usually when I tell people that I used to play roller derby, they have no idea […]

May 29, 2018

When you’re no longer the favourite parent


Parenting

I walked into my daughter’s room to wake her up. “Daddy?” she said. “No, it’s Mummy,” I said. Her face crumpled. “I WANT DADDY!” She buried her face in her pillow and threw her duvet over her head. Well, this is new, I thought. You see, ever since my daughter was born, I’ve been the […]

May 20, 2018

5 things I learned at Pregnant Then Screwed Live


Working parents

Here’s how I came to find myself in a fancy science building in Manchester last weekend, surrounded by 200 of the most ambitious, badass mothers I’ve ever met. A few months ago, I found out that Pregnant Then Screwed was going to be hosting an event in Manchester celebrating working mothers, and I knew immediately […]

May 14, 2018

Let’s encourage girls to shoot for the stars


Parenting

I recently read an article about why the first person to step on Mars should be a woman. “And while it wouldn’t make up for all the gender injustice in the world, it would be a damn good start. It would make a statement to the planet – not to mention possible life on other […]

April 23, 2018