Today, Cassandra Thorburn, who has just split from TODAY show host husband Karl Stefanovic, wrote an open letter titled ‘Dear Working Mums’, standing up for stay at home mothers (SAHMs) who left the workforce after having children.
After reading it, the working women in the Mamamia office – mums and non-mums – had A LOT to say. Is there really competition between working mums and SAHMs?
This is how the conversation went down on our online instant chat.
Mia Freedman [5:09 PM] – aged 40s, mother of 3 kids aged 19, 10 and 8.
Gemma Garkut [5:09 PM] – aged 20s, does not have children.
Teegs Gilchrist [5:09 PM] – aged 30s, mother of one aged two.
Jacqueline Lunn [5:14 PM] – aged 40s, mother of three kids aged 16, 14 and 11.
Holly Wainwright [5:09 PM] – aged 40s, mother of two children aged 6 and 4.
Okay. Let’s go.
Mia Freedman [5:09]
OK, so I think we’re all a bit nervous about this not becoming “working mums hit back at Cass Thorburn”
Because none of us want to do that. Poor Cass. It’s a shitty time for her and Karl and their family. It’s a shame it’s all so public but this is the flip side of fame and Gold Logies. When stuff happens in your personal life, it sparks bigger conversations and raises issues that people want to talk about. It’s SUCH an important conversation to have: what happens to women when marriages break down.
Holly Wainwright [5:10 PM]
I have a lot of empathy for her current situation, but I feel 25 shades of offended by Cass Thorburn’s characterisation of working mums.
Mia Freedman [5:11 PM]
Which bits offended you?
Holly Wainwright [5:11 PM]
That we are ‘in competition’ with SAHM mums, because we are used to being in a competitive environment, for starters…
Mia Freedman [5:12 PM]
Yeah. That’s totally not true. I’m too tired and frazzled to compete with anyone!