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Part time power: five women on why working part-time shouldn’t hold you back

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Published by: Olivia Brown

2nd January 2014

The Timewise Foundation’s Power Part Time list celebrates fifty men and women each year who are at the top of their field yet work under five days a week, ‘busting the myth that senior roles cannot work on a part time basis’. The Telegraph have showcased five of the women who have made this year’s entries who successfully balance their high-level careers with motherhood. The annual Power Part Time list was launched by Karen Mattison, who wanted to shed light on this ‘band of pioneers’, following the difficulties she experienced when trying to find part-time work that would fit around her family life.

Research from Timewise presents that ‘three out of four workers in Britain don’t believe that it is possible to have a successful part-time career’, yet almost a quarter of the country’s working people work less than five days a week, with over 650, 000 earning salaries of at least £40,000. These statistics, matched with the stories from the working mothers in The Telegraph’s article, demonstrate that it is indeed possible to balance a high-powered career and family life, without having to prioritise one over the other.

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