Former journalist Cassandra Thorburn has responded to the opinion article that treated her as evidence in why women shouldn’t give up work after childbirth — and in the process, taken a stand for star-at-home mothers.
The piece, published on News Corp websites this week, referenced a social media post Thorburn made congratulating herself on the part she played in husband and Today Show co-host Karl Stefanovic’s success.
“Apparently Today Show finally won a year,” the mother-of-three wrote on Facebook.
“This took a huge toll on my family and I, and I’m congratulating myself today for all the effort that went into making that (the ratings) happen.”
The opinion drew off those words to use the former journalist as exhibit A in why mothers should never fully leave the workforce.
Thorburn, who in the midst of a very public split from Stefanovic, has now responded in an open letter addressed to working mums.
The response, published on PopSugar, began with acknowledging the barriers employed mothers face in current working environments.
"You're often surrounded by young co-workers who are a constant reminder that someone is biting at your heels," she wrote.
"There are deadlines to meet and pressures at work — and then you race home and your children need you also."
Thorburn went on to express her disappointment in the perpetuation of the 'us vs. them' mentality between stay-at-home mothers and their working counterparts.
"What I don't get is why, in my experience, you also feel you're in competition with us, the stay-at-home mums who made a different decision than you," she said.
"Not a better or worse decision, just the right decision for us and a different one to you."