Kay Burley is certainly solid proof a woman can juggle her career with childcare as she chaired a debate on the issue “Can you be a successful working mum?”
As Mick Buchanan, leader of the Justice for Men and Boys claimed that having women in boardrooms is linked to a decline in companies’ financial performance, the former Beech Hill resident waded in, with her own account.
After a dramatic pause, he laughed before enthusing about the pride he still feels at having a mum on the telly, but how he also fondly remembers his childhoodKay Burley
As his response was: “It is pathetic just to hurl in personal anecdotes as if they mean anything,” she giggled, saying: “Seriously Mike, you’re not doing yourself any favours here, you’re just being disparaging about women.”
In a blog for International Women’s Day on The Huffington Post UK, the Sky News broadcaster spoke out about her experience of being a working mother: “No-one better to offer an opinion on whether I have successfully combined work and motherhood than my son, Alexander. I’ve been a news presenter all of his life. Does he think his childhood suffered?
“Well, he reminded me how I’d left him and his friends celebrating his birthday while I jetted to Spain on a last-minute assignment. He also highlighted how I wasn’t always at home to cook supper. Or sometimes went to dangerous places including Libya where he could hear gunfire in the background as I reassured him on a satellite phone that all was well.
“After a suitably dramatic pause, he laughed before enthusing about the kudos and pride he still feels at having a mum on the telly, but how he also fondly remembers his childhood.”