S2 Ep19: A working life on the campaign trail for working parents with Sarah Jackson OBE

Sarah Jackson OBE is the former CEO of Working Families, a role she took in the early 1990s after the birth of her daughter, when any concept of flexible working or reduced hours were almost non-existent. Sarah went on to spend her working life campaigning for the rights of working parents, and in this episode she talks about the changes she has seen but also the three key things that she believes still need to change before parents can truly have happy and fulfilling careers in balanced harmony with family life. You can find out more about Sarah here  and read more about her recent appointment to the Careering into Motherhood Advisory Board here. 

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Why do so many of us go careering into motherhood, unaware of just how hard it is to have a meaningful career as well as family commitments? And why don’t men struggle with their careers in the same way? We talk about the rise of flexible jobs and work anywhere policies, executive burnout and the pressure to be “always on,” Government claims that 75% of mothers are in work, and yet there's being in work and there's having a career. If you’ve had a career break, been on maternity leave, want a career change, want to relaunch yourself back into work or just want a happier balance between work and everything else, Careering Into Motherhood is here with practical advice, insightful interviews and real human stories. Jane Johnson helps empower women and negotiate with employers to offer flexible working so they can stay in their careers. She negotiated her own senior role as a job-share, and in 2019 she set up the Careering Into Motherhood Facebook Group to promote discussion around flexible working, the group now has more than 8,000 members and a successful women’s mentoring programme.