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Ruth Davidson isn't betraying mothers by quitting, she's empowering us

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30.08.2019

Ruth Davidson’s resignation as leader of the Scottish Conservatives sent some into a flurry of speculation that she was, perhaps, using her family – mostly her baby boy – as an excuse to get out of serving a prime minister she would presumably happily smear with the contents of a nappy. Polly Toynbee tweeted “Ruth Davidson does a disservice to mothers: many do very well in politics. Covering her resignation with ‘motherhood’ excuses is deeply depressing”.

I know from experience that stepping out of the door to go to work and closing it while your baby wails for you is also deeply depressing.

Maybe it’s not all about the baby, but so what if there is an element of ‘hold on now this is one sacrifice too many’? Most parents who are in all-consuming jobs, where the working day isn’t over until it’s over, can recognise the moment when you realise that the position you have, what you have worked to build, is simply not worth sacrificing seeing your lovely squashy baby for.

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So you want to take your foot off the gas, but realising this and actually doing it are two different things, especially when your job is so much a part of your identity and one that you cannot do part-time. So many career women........

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