I was bowled over by Nell Frizzell’s honesty and common sense (I learned I could be a mum and do a job, G2, 22 July). Of course, many mums can’t take her stance (try being a cleaner or tube train driver), but we need to accept that lots of jobs can be done with children in the frame.
• I’m grateful to the Guardian for reminding us that Ursula von der Leyen is a mother of seven. Liz Reason (Letters, 23 July) sees it as unnecessary, but a woman who can juggle a political career with a large family is impressive. Being a mother teaches a woman so much about her children’s sensitivities. It must be excellent training for surviving the world of politics.
Author of What Mothers Do, London
• Deirdre Burrell’s letter (22 July) about a topless female colleague being greeted enthusiastically by a pupil, gender unspecified, on a beach, reminded me of a colleague, gender obvious, being greeted by…
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