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Working mothers: Europe's most powerful women

A study of the Forbes List of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women has found that Europe's most powerful business women have an above average number of children, it has been revealed today. 


  • Two-thirds of British mums say they are more productive since having kids
  • Over half of mums still feel employers are not doing enough to combine children and careers successfully
  • 40% of women say flexible working hours are key

So whilst some women put off motherhood because of the fear that it may put the breaks on their career, it would seem that children do not hold mothers back from making it big in the business world!

The analysis has found that the European women on the list had an average of two children amongst them, which is well above the European average of 1.58 children per woman. 

Ranking at number 42 on the list, Dame Nemat Talaat Shafik, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, 55, shows how having children is not a barrier to career success as she raises 5 alongside a high-powered position. 

CEO and Fashion designer, Miuccia Prada, has built her fashion empire in addition to being a mother of 2 children and is worth a cool £2.5 billion. 

These figures are echoed amongst the general population as well. A survey of 2,000 mums which was commissioned by TG Escapes revealed that almost two thirds of mothers suggested that they are far more productive at work since having children. 

In slightly more negative news, however; more than half of mothers (a whopping 56%) stated on the survey that they thought their employer was not doing enough to make their work flexible in order to combine it with the burdens of motherhood - and nearly 20% claimed they have faced negativity in the workplace when attempting to balance family and career demands. 

Anna Berez-Brown from Shine4Women, an organisation helping women reach for the top in the workplace commented: “Having children and finding a fulfilling career are two of the greatest gifts in life and women who manage to have both are blessed.

"Generally I think you need to know yourself and understand what it is you really want and go for it without feeling guilty: be an inspiring role model for your offspring and allow yourself to change your mind according to your family needs.”

Mark Brown from TG Escapes said: “Our research shows that children doesn’t need to hinder your career success and in fact, some women find having children has meant they are more productive in the time they are at work. Managing the work life balance is of course a challenge but flexible hours and some working from home will help. 

"Unfortunately though, many employers are still not doing enough when it comes to supporting working mothers. As International Women’s Day approaches, employers need to take note and listen to the needs of their female employees with children to cultivate more powerful women. Women with children can be more productive, insightful, hard-working and really are the mothers of multi-tasking!”

by Jack J Collins, Editor of AllAboutLaw.co.uk

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