In today’s Telegraph there is an article on Vivienne Durham, Head of the independent school, Francis Holland Regent’s Park. The headline, “Girls must choose career or motherhood, says top head” to me seems not to tie in with what she has been quoted as saying in the body of the article. Below are the quotes from the article. I’ve left out anything which isn’t in quotes as that’s the writer’s interpretation of what she said.
So, reading the above, I don’t get the impression she said girls can have a career or motherhood but not both. I think she’s saying tell girls about the glass ceiling. She’s saying girls should be free to make a choice of their choosing once they know all the facts. She’s saying girls shouldn’t be judged harshly for the choice they eventually make. I don’t find anything wrong in this, do you?
I think women ARE judged for the choices they make. If they have children and work, they are judged. If they have children and don’t work, they are judged. If they don’t have children and work, they are judged. Surely, in the 21st century a woman should be able to make any of the above choices without being judged. And THAT is my interpretation of what she said.
The original article was published here.
(As an aside, if I were interviewing her I would have liked to explore her last statement in some detail.)