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Office Mum stories – Deirdre Spillane

“We need to stop congratulating fathers whenever they pitch in. This perpetuates the belief that child rearing and housework are ‘women’s work’ and men are only helping out.” Thank you Deirdre for taking part in this interview series for Office Mum – could you tell me how many children you have

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Office Mum stories – Lisa Ryan

“Working late is not an option when you’re a single mother” This week I hear from Lisa Ryan, who works full-time, and is a lone parent to her two daughters.  Thank you Lisa for sharing your story here – could you start by telling me how many children you have

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Donna Hartnett’s Letter and the Working Mother SAHM Debate

Amid the strong support for the feelings expressed in Donna Hartnett’s open letter to Enda Kenny, there has also been some “tough luck, you can’t have it all” type responses (on Twitter, and some referenced here) I don’t think that’s the point at all – I don’t think anyone expects to

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Office Mum stories – Mirva Walsh

“ if you want to be a head of IT in a big, multi-million corporation, you are going to have to work very different hours than someone teaching a couple of classes in the evening time. I think if that’s your ambition, then finding time for your children will be

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Why do working mothers keep saying yes?

I’m not great at saying no. And I have some colleagues at work who are not great at saying no. And some good friends who don’t say no to their bosses easily. We have something in common – we are all parents – all working mothers. We all work, and are paid

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Office Mum Stories: Jill O’Herlihy

“I’m a firm believer that women can do everything men can, only better and with more humility!” Jill O’Herlihy has worked in Communications at O’Herlihy Communications for the past 17 years. She is mom to two children; Martha is six and Bill is three and a half. She doesn’t have

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