It’s time mum was the final word on balancing work and family ...


It’s time mum was the final word on balancing work and family life

We live in a new age, so we need more politicians who understand the challenges of working motherhood

Christine Armstrong

Before she gave birth to her son Finn in 2018, Ruth Davidson talked about her pregnancy. “This is about our family. This is not about my job,” she said of her imminent motherhood. She seemed to believe that the two things could be separated. But with her resignation as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, it seems Davidson has had an awakening.

“I fear that, having tried to be a good leader over the years, I have proved a poor daughter, sister, partner and friend,” she wrote in her official missive to the Scottish party chairman. She didn’t add “mother” to that list, but those of us who have similarly been forced to make “different choices” hear it anyway.

Davidson has now experienced, first hand, how hellishly complicated it is to do a highly pressured job and have children – and how untangling work and caring is often impossible, especially when the former suddenly gets more demanding...

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