I am currently working on exhibition illustrating and celebrating the brilliant and bizarre duality of the double life of working mums.
I remember hearing Jo Whiley talking about breast feeding at work – between records and sometimes during interviews – which apparently threw Christopher Ecclestone. I was lucky enough be able to take my son to shoots, he was cuddled by many a sitter and Mike Trow, Picture editor at Vogue, was a marvellous surrogate nanny.
Sadly for most women this is not possible and so begins the weird duality of the mother who works: while smartly dressed ready to head out to an important meeting, kissing little ones goodbye without getting covered in whatever they are eating/smeared with. The masterful multitasking mums who work from home,
on the phone to a prospective client while wiping something unspeakable off the floor.
Many of the hardest working mothers do 2 full time jobs. This is rarely celebrated or even taken into consideration by employers. This exhibition is in part inspired by MP Sarah Olney’s International Womens’ Day speech in the House of Commons “Let’s celebrate everyday’s achievement of women whether it’s in the home or in the work place.”