See what I mean?
A survey for the Centre for Policy Studies suggested a third of mothers would not work if they had the choice…
Ms Odone said the “overwhelming majority of women do not want to commit full-time to a job”.
She calls this majority “real women” who want to lead a “full life”.
Ms Odone (who I suspect would not like being called that) also draws this helpful contrast:
Ms Odone’s report, What Women Want and How They Can Get It, calls for family-friendly policies, rather than those promoting women’s rights in the workplace.
Fascinatingly, despite the stunning claims about what it takes to be a real woman, the actual recommendations made are perfectly sensible***:
Her recommendations include:
Rather than “pumping billions into an unpopular childcare system”, the government should enable families to choose*
Weekly national insurance credits for carers of children and the disabled should be extended to include more people
Reform the tax and benefit system to stop penalising stay at home mothers**
Make it easier for businesses to employ part-time workers
*Actually, I’m not sure what this one means. Might not be so sensible after all.
**One wonders if it’s OK to penalise stay at home fathers.
***I don’t know what bizarre spirit of charity overcame me when I wrote that.
There’s actually a ton to be said about this article, but life is too short. (Thanks, HA!)