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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Front Page - Chris­tine mid­dap Ed­i­tor

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.

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