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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.
Linda Rhead

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.
Naomi Stadlen
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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