Career or Children? Must We Choose? The Debate Continues

Woman with baby at computer A recent survey of top headhunters has found that they believe that if a woman wants to aim for the top – and earn a salary of more than £150K – she either needs to return to work as quickly as possible after having a baby or forsake children altogether. The report was compiled by InterExec – a confidential agent for top salaried executives – which asked 100 leading headhunters for their views on working women. Only just over half of those surveyed (51%) thought there would be more women in executive positions in the future 45% thought the situation would not change, and five% said they thought there would be fewer than now. Many of the top headhunters were keen to see more senior executive women but thought that by taking a career break they would miss out on opportunities to progress. One of the many comments after the article points out that it is often career women who can’t ‘afford’ to have children whilst those who don’t work can have as many as they wish. As Siobhan Freegard, who set up and runs the Netmums website says 'Unfortunately, I do think it's true that women who want to get to the boardroom will have to outsource their lives, but perhaps they won't want the same for their daughters, and then things will change.'

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