In an attempt to prove to her pupils, ‘yes we women can have it all’ one headmistress has taken possibly the shortest maternity leave in history – going back to work seven hours after giving birth.
On the day she gave birth Dr Helen Wright, 39, was taken into hospital at 5.45am, had her daughter Jessica less then an hour later and was back in her study ‘just after lunch.’
‘I look after people’s daughters for them so they expect me to be pretty special and an excellent role model,’ Helen said, ‘Most mothers want their daughters to have an exhilarating excitement of a career they love and the joy of a family. I have that and want to show the girls at St Mary’s this is not an impossible dream.’
On the surface it does seem the superwoman has achieved it all. She became one of the countries youngest ever public-school headteachers at just 30, juggling her high-powered job with raising her two other children, now six and three.
But, while some women have applauded Dr Wright for her determination, others have criticised the headteacher's behaviour – branding her seven-hour maternity stint an unrealistic example to set to working mothers. Let’s not forget, maternity leave is there for a reason – to give the mother time to recover and bond with her baby. Soon-to-be-dads of the country have embraced their extended paternity leave readily – why aren’t we women taking what we’re owed?
- Amy Molloy