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Working parents

Should we all work four-day weeks?

Should we all work four-day weeks?

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 […]

5 things I learned at Pregnant Then Screwed Live

5 things I learned at Pregnant Then Screwed Live

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 […]

Why I chose to take shared parental leave: Stephen’s story

Why I chose to take shared parental leave: Stephen’s story

The government has been running a big campaign to encourage for couples to consider Shared Parental Leave (SPL). SPL allows parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay. Parents can be off work together for up to […]

Flexible working: a father’s perspective

Flexible working: a father’s perspective

I spend a lot of time advocating for access to flexible working for mothers, but – obviously – flexible working benefits men too. And studies show that they want it. While women still do the vast majority of childcare, and are much more likely to […]

Want to make things better for mothers? Sort out paternity leave.

Want to make things better for mothers? Sort out paternity leave.

I can’t stop going on about how we need to improve things for working mothers. I go on Twitter planning to share some witty observation about the Dawson’s Creek 20 year reunion or something, and I find myself retweeting articles about the gender pay gap. […]

Why part-time workers have to be twice as good as full-timers

Why part-time workers have to be twice as good as full-timers

“Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton I love this quote from Canada’s most controversial feminist, and it prompted me to write my own edited version: “Whatever […]

10 facts about working mums that we should all be angrier about

10 facts about working mums that we should all be angrier about

My tens of regular readers may have noticed that I bang on about working mothers’ issues a lot. The thing is, we’re pretty fucked. I was unaware of exactly how fucked until I became a parent myself, and discovered that despite having a flexible employer […]

Does the UK have the most expensive childcare in the world?

Does the UK have the most expensive childcare in the world?

Yes, according to an OECD report. By a lot, actually. But when Joeli Brearley from Pregnant Then Screwed pointed this out, the BBC published an article that begged to differ. The problem, they said, was that the OECD report shows what it would cost to […]