Two days into her hubby’s new role, the news came yesterday that Samantha Cameron has quit her full time job, as creative director of Smythsons, where she’s worked for 14 years. It’s not a blanket resignation however – as creative consultant she’ll still work two days a week for the brand. She had been working for four days a week, but cut down to two days during the election campaign to join her husband on the trail.
Samantha’s decision is sure to be a controversial one. Admired as a businesswoman in her own right, feminists are asking why, as first lady she has decided to put on hold her own career ambitions. Especially as Cherie Blair carried on working as a human rights lawyer and judge, throughout Tony’s reign. However, Samantha insists this isn’t the case - that she’ll still be working, if only part time, and her decision has more the do with her pregnancy then holding the key to 10 Downing Street.
‘I will be involved in all the same areas as before, however I will not be directly responsible for them,’ said Samantha yesterday, 'This is a personal decision made when I discovered I was pregnant and one that I have been considering for some time during what has been an understandably difficult year… I look forward to my changed role and balancing it with my new day-to-day life as well as being able to spend more time with my children.'
Do you agree with Samantha’s decision – she is five months pregnant, let’s not forget, cut her some slack - or do you think her shift from high-flyer to stay-at-home mother is a step backward for the PM’s ‘secret weapon’? You tell us…
By Amy Molloy