Fáilte friends! I’m thrilled to see you here.
I’m Jen, a Dublin gal determined to build Working Mammy – a community for working mothers in Ireland.
I’m proud mammy to ‘tiny o’, a two-year old little legend and married to his daddy, ‘Big O’, a mid-30s giant legend (the ludicrous nicknames are inspired by children’s writer Shel Silverstein, he’s deadly).
By trade, I’m an anthropologist working full-time in international development where I lead an awesome team of human rights educators. I also manage my organisation’s innovation programme. So, like most of us, I’m a busy woman.
While on maternity leave, there were multiple supports available to me as a new mother: breastfeeding groups, parent and toddler meet-ups, classes for tiny o… Upon return to work I noticed that these supports dissipated with no alternatives available. Luckily, I have strong personal networks; the genuine legends that are Malahide Mamas, Skerries Mammies and my old-time buddies. But, what if I didn’t?
My own lived experience has convinced me that working mammies are confronted with a unique series of challenges often rooted in societal expectations to be the best mammy and the best employee like we’re not entitled to have both. How does she do it all? She doesn’t. The perfect work-life balance is a fallacy. For me, it’s less about balance and more about learning how to prioritise.
I’d love to build a peer-support network for working mammies to share our experiences; critically explore the challenges we face; troubleshoot together; and empower one another to lead lives authentic to our individual needs (yes, I dropped the ’empower’ buzzword but I mean it). There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
This website is a first step in creating space for wider dialogue for working mammies in Ireland. I want it to be driven by its readers. Therefore, I’ll be seeking out contributers (like you!) to share your story as it relates to three key core needs:
If you’d like to contribute, I’d love ♥ to hear from you!
I hope this evolves into a series of meet-ups and seminars- ultimately, a dynamic space for us to come together and to paraphrase Mary Robinson, “rock the system”, yeow!
Check-out my first entry on how my inner-critic tried to sabatoge Working Mammy and how I stopped her.