the pile

by rantywoman

Zoe, however, is childless and single, and she feels the victim of an unspoken inequality that lurks beneath the surface of many industries.

Although she works long hours – usually much longer than her female colleagues with children – this year, she found herself at the bottom of the pile when it came to taking a summer holiday, with the working mums getting first dibs.

When her co-workers’ children are ill, they are free to work from home, yet this option is never available to her. ‘I have asked but been told a firm “no”, with the excuse, “You’re an employee not a consultant,”’ she says.

‘I’d love to meet somebody and have children myself one day, but increasingly I wonder how I’ll ever do that when I’m always at work. I’m missing out on life.

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