I have a question

women in the workplace

If you're reading this, and you have children, do you work fewer hours per day or days per week than your partner? And if so, do you do that because you want to, or because you feel you've been forced to? I'm reading an article in the Independent this morning, which refers to Glassdoor survey results ...

Everyday Sexism and Girling Up our Kids

Laura Bates Everyday Sexism - Office Mum

I've never personally experienced any sexism. Or at least not as far as I can remember, which may mean it has happened, and I've brushed it off as a normal, unremarkable, everyday thing. And that's exactly the point Laura Bates was making when she set up The Everyday Sexism Project in 2012, a platform for women to talk ...

Girls Can Drive Trains Too

Duple girl - office mum

Playing Duplo trains with my three-year-old last week, we had a crisis. We couldn’t find the train driver. I picked up the girl who came with the set and put her in the driver’s seat. My little boy took her back out. “No, she is a girl – she can’t be the train driver. We ...

Why Are Straight Women Earning Less?

Office mum work family balance

"Maybe sexist dynamics within heterosexual couples cause straight women to slip down the earning scale. Lesbians will never view their career as second fiddle to a male partner’s because they don’t have male partners." I was reading a piece by Una Mullally in the Irish Times yesterday morning, and the above two lines stopped me. The article ...

The Real Gender Pay Gap

credit: eige.europa.eu

Women work 59 days "for free" due to the gender pay gap in Europe, according to headlines this morning. In Ireland, women earn on average 13.9% less than men. These figures come from a newly published report , based on 2010 data. Blood-pressure raising reading, if you're a woman - or indeed a man; men too agree that there should be equal pay ...