Ok, so we say fact, and we believe it, but that's fact based mainly on our own research - much of which was done over croissants and bircher muesli on International Women's Day at our #YesYouCan brunch!
It was a fab morning, we took over the mezzanine at the German Gymnasium (seriously, if you haven't been - and this is not an ad - go book yourself a table the building is incredible, high valued ceiling, original exposed brick... it's got the lot) to host a group of forty awesome working Mamas, including the powerhouse that is Clemmie Telford. In our conversation with Clemmie, we explored how children ENHANCE you as a working women. Yup, you read that right.
Instead of sitting around moaning into our coffees about the stresses of being a working mum, we flipped the conversation on its head. We think, as does Kirsty Young who we interviewed for the book and who unwittingly inspired this whole event, that once you've had children and emerged from the baby fog, being a mum makes you a multitasking demon; and not just that, it also makes you a more strategic, ruthless and focused version of your former self. Plus, having children automatically promotes you to a leader of sorts. And leadership, in whatever form it comes, builds confidence.
As Young said, "If I'm going to leave my children with someone else, it had better be worth it" and that kind of decision making, that commitment to making it worth it, actually does wonders for our career. Thus, being a Mum - even a tired, harassed Mum - has the power to do amazing things to your career. We say, take your Mum status, and wear it as a badge of honour. You grew a baby, you brought that baby into the world - you CAN DO ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TOO.
In the spirit of Clemmie's awesome blog, Mother Of All Lists, here in list form, is what else we learnt:
1. Go to bed early (Clemmie leaves every thumping party at 10.30pm sharp)
2. Being bold - taking risks (however scary you feel) - makes you feel more confident.
3. If Clemmie was PM for the day, she'd sort the gender pay gap.
4. Social media is the most powerful tool out there if you use it right.
5. Trainers - they allow you to get to the train/nursery pick up/coffee meeting on time. Don't underestimate their power.