Working mothers are the most productive people in the workforce

We’ve got to change the way we think about working mothers.

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.”

That’s a quote from actress Lucille Ball, the first woman in Hollywood to run a major TV studio and whose pregnancy caused a stir when it was written into the script of the second season of I Love Lucy and CBS forbid the use of the actual word “pregnant”, deeming it too vulgar.

And to quote another working mum, Margaret Thatcher: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

I’d like to conflate the two: If you want a job done, give it to a working mother.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about becoming a mother, it’s that it involves constant trade-offs.

There are only so many hours in the day. And when you become a parent, there’s even less of them!

Parenting is, for the large part, an exercise in time management. Baby is asleep. Will I have a cup of tea, or put on that load of washing? Will I ring my mother, or have a kip myself?

Down time disappears the moment you walk out of that birthing suite.

Economists say that scarcity creates value. It’s only when something is scarce that we value it.

And it’s that way with parenting. Children literally make your time more valuable, because there’s less of it.

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