working mums

Don’t be a martyr

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Martyrs drive me nuts. But I have a confession to make: I may be the worst of them. (I even made myself sick with it last year.) Some people think mother comes from the word martyr and that, as a result, we are somehow politically required to crucify ourselves every…

41 and looking for work

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Hi. My name is Maria and I’m a 41-year-old woman. Mother of four and, largely speaking, a stay-at-home mother for the past 14 years. I’ve peppered those 14 years with bouts of contract work but I haven’t worked in full time job since March 2001. With my youngest having started…

Not much good news for June wrap up

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By far the best thing I read in June was Ruby Clarke, a Year 9 student, writing about the realities of the gender pay gap. It warms the heart to know that this teenager knows what she’s going to be up against, so hopefully she can tackle her salary armed…

Tracey Spicer: On life and motherhood

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Tracey Spicer is a household name in Australia, best known for being a veteran journalist and TV presenter. More importantly, she is also a mum and a very strong advocate for women’s rights. Here, Her Collective asks Tracey how she juggles motherhood and why she said cock a lot on…

My forklift training with the beast

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The heat, the stench, as the beast moved past me. It was hideous. And I knew there was no escaping the inevitable. The bearded man looked at me, saw me quiver, and shouted: “Right, you two girls,” as he indicated to myself and a girl to my left, “your turn”….