Family Lives responds to OECD: Lack of support for motherhood hurting women's career prospects

“That the OECD research finds that lack of flexible working solutions is a key barrier to women’s rise to leadership is no surprise.  Our recent report, Family Friendly or Failing Families? argued that flexible working needs to become normalised in the workplace and extending the right to all employees is a key way to achieve this.   Family Lives would also like to see more done to promote the sharing of care between parents.  Our research found a clear gender divide in flexible working, with the typical working pattern of dual income couples after childbirth being that mothers reduce their hours and prioritise whilst fathers increase theirs.“

Claire Walker, Family Lives’ Director of Policy