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Celebrating one year of #FlexiMamas

Celebrating one year of #FlexiMamas

A year ago, I had an idea. I’d recently read that 29% of UK women drop out of the workforce after having a baby. This shocked me…and yet it didn’t. Yes, some of these women voluntarily leave work because they want to spend time with […]

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 […]

Why parents of ASN children need flexible working: Kimm’s #FlexiMamas story

Why parents of ASN children need flexible working: Kimm’s #FlexiMamas story

Welcome to #FlexiMamas, a series about the barriers that working mums face. This edition features Kimm, who originally hails from the US and came to Scotland to do her PhD in 1999 in Glasgow. She met her Glasgow hubster in 2003, and decided to settle […]

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 […]