Trailing spouse – the graveyard of ambition?

This turned up on my Facebook post today – 2 years late, but it seems very relevant to my life at the moment as I struggle to work out the next step in my own career. This post has been shared by two other FB friends in the hours since I first saw it, and it seems to have connected with many people living a globally mobile life…


six degrees north

visa copySchool pick-up at an International school looks much like school pick up anywhere in the developed world. Apart from looking like a Benetton ad or maybe morning tea at the United Nations. And sure, there are a disproportionate number of drivers and nannies, say compared to a regular public school in Australia or the US, but the majority of people hanging out in the school yard before the bell goes, are mums.

Mums just like me, and maybe just like you. Women who were brought up and educated to believe that we could do whatever we set my minds to. Highly educated, well travelled, sophisticated, urbane, and overall a broadly privileged set.

We women who came of age in the 80s and 90s, we reaped the rewards of the feminist movement of the 60s and 70s. We are old enough to remember the cat calls, but young enough to remember…

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One thought on “Trailing spouse – the graveyard of ambition?

  1. Thanks for your kind words and re-blog Jeanette. I can’t quite believe its two years ago that I wrote it, and while life has moved on a little, the sentiment is still the same. All the best, C x


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