Solo mum quit her job and started successful business
For Holly, a gay solo mum living in the UK, the most hurtful reaction came from her boss of 12 years.
She decided to let him know early that she had decided to start a family on her own.
“He said: I think you’re crazy because me and my wife really struggled and I think you’re underestimating how difficult it is,” she remembers.
But that wasn’t the worst of it.
“The moment I fell pregnant with Johan I started getting excluded from meetings, my opinion didn’t matter anymore, and I had an uncomfortable verbal game of chess about my maternity package despite earning a lot of money for the company,” Holly says.
After her son Johan was born, she asked to be able to work from home one day a week, as she had a time-consuming commute across London, which was difficult as the sole carer for Johan.
The request was denied.
“There was this voice in my head saying it was unfair and wrong in many ways. I quit and I set up my own agency.”
Fortunately, being a business owner and mother has worked out great for Holly, and she is now also the mother of a daughter, Silke.