Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop made me angry when she announced "women can't have it all".
Julie told news.com.au that women "can have plenty of choices, but at the end of the day, they choose something which means they can't have something else."
She says her career choices meant there wasn't time for motherhood, but she doesn't regret it.
"I feel incredibly lucky that I've had the kind of career that is so consuming that I don't feel I have a void in my life."
Julie, I think you're letting Team Female down. Women do have a chance to have it all. It's called flexible hours, which is why I applaud Julia Gillard's proposed amendments to the Fair Work Act – giving mothers the right to ask bosses for part-time work after maternity leave.
I went to a school mums’ morning tea recently to farewell one of the fold who's returning to full-time employment after four and a half years at home.
She’s approaching her life change with excitement and trepidation. Leaving her six-year-old and three-year-old is a big step. Especially when her new boss reckons the kids ”better get used to not seeing much of mummy”. Nice.
She requested a part-time role, or to work from home one day a week. But she was given a resounding no. Her line in the sand was to be late to the office twice a week, so she can drop the kids at school. Her boss has grudgingly agreed. She’s hired a nanny to do the rest. While the challenge of the role was a major drawcard in accepting the job, so was the chance to chip away at her mortgage and afford holidays again.