Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We'd like to Quit Work, Say Mums

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We'd like to Quit Work, Say Mums

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Byline: By Alan Jones

More than half of working mums would quit tomorrow if they could, because of the "devastating" impact work has on their lives, a new report says.

In a poll of 1,000 women, most said working full time had damaged their family life, sometimes causing their children to be unhappy.

The survey seems to suggest the lifestyle choices of the have-it-all generation of women - represented by TV characters such as Miranda, played by Cynthia Nixon in Sex In The City - is out of fashion.

More than one in 10 said their marriage had broken up because of work. Half said their sex lives had suffered. One in four were delaying starting a family in the hope their work-life balance would improve if they climbed the career ladder.

The research was conducted by Good Housekeeping magazine. Editor Lindsay Nicholson said: "Our survey paints a devastating picture of a woman so drained of her resources that all her vital relationships are in danger. …

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