Flexible working. Feminism. Fun.

Are you a Flexi Mama?

Real mamas. Real stories. Real flex.

Being a working mother is HARD.

Yes, being a working father is hard too. But let’s face it – women are still the ones who are most likely to cut back on work after having children. We’re the ones who miss out on promotions because we’re part time, or settle for lower-paid jobs that offer the flexibility that we need. And 29% of us drop out of the workforce all together after having a baby because it’s not financially worth it to return to work.

My #FlexiMamas guest series highlights stories from women about the barriers that they face relating to work. Why Flexi Mamas? Because that’s what we need – a bit of flex. More flexible employers. More flexible job opportunities. More flexible (and less eye-wateringly expensive) childcare options.

These are real issues, and we need to talk about them more. Things need to change. Us mamas deserve better.

Meet some of the Flexi Mamas and read their stories:

Mother with a young girl sitting on her lap who is sticking out her tongue and a baby boyMother with a young girl sitting on her lap who is sticking out her tongue and a baby boy
A woman with glasses with a toddler on her lap pretending to talk on a toy phone A woman with glasses with a toddler on her lap pretending to talk on a toy phone
A woman with long reddish-brown hair wearing a black shirt A woman with long reddish-brown hair wearing a black shirt
An woman with glasses and grey shoulder-length hair in a black shirt and a little boy in a white shirt and green jumper An woman with glasses and grey shoulder-length hair in a black shirt and a little boy in a white shirt and green jumper
Woman holding two young boys - one in a Sulley and one in a Mike costume from Monsters Inc Woman holding two young boys - one in a Sulley and one in a Mike costume from Monsters Inc
Woman and a young girl sitting on a merry-go-round Woman and a young girl sitting on a merry-go-round
A selfie of a woman with short blondish hair and glasses with a young boy A selfie of a woman with short blondish hair and glasses with a young boy
A woman in a grey 'Mama' shirt pushing a buggy A woman in a grey 'Mama' shirt pushing a buggy
A baby, a woman in sunglasses, a man in glasses and a toddler girl A baby, a woman in sunglasses, a man in glasses and a toddler girl
A woman in a green and white dress holding a baby in a white dress A woman in a green and white dress holding a baby in a white dress
Girl wearing a Discovery Channel headset and a little boy looking up at her Girl wearing a Discovery Channel headset and a little boy looking up at her
Victoria from Lylia Rose Victoria from Lylia Rose
A mother in glasses hugging a girl in a red coat and hat and a baby boy A mother in glasses hugging a girl in a red coat and hat and a baby boy
A father, mother, two young daughters and a baby son sitting on a bench A father, mother, two young daughters and a baby son sitting on a bench

If you have a story to tell, email me at katie@squirmypopple.com.


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