about what today’s cover story is not. It’s not suggesting women aren’t capable of working, and taking on senior and demanding roles, once they become mothers. It’s not saying that they’ll snatch lots of leave days or sneak out early or give anything other than 100 per cent to their employers. What it’s saying is that balancing the needs of children, a busy home and a busy job can be personally corrosive and that many successful women don’t like to admit to this. As Christine Armstrong writes, the Sheryl Sandbergs of this world have done a great job encouraging women to lean in, but that’s undoubtedly easier to do if you have a nanny or two, a stay-at-home partner or grandparents on tap. For single-parent households or those with both parents working full time just to make ends meet, it’s often a very different story.