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Joanne Davis

We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the Warwick Women's Montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them.

See Joanne's submission below:

"I am a single parent with four children, two of whom are at school, one is working from home and one is on a placement year for their degree and living away from home. Juggling a full-time job whilst supporting my younger two children with home schooling has been challenging, particularly as one is in primary school so needs lots of support and encouragement. My line manager has been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to work flexibly to balance the demands of work and home. My children are great and have relished the opportunity to learn new skills, such as cooking to help them become more independent. There is a lot of guilt around - I should be working more, I should be doing more home-schooling. The biggest challenge for me is to accept that I can't do it all, and that sometimes it is ok to admit you need help, to be kind to yourself. It is hard not living close to my wider family, face-time is not the same, but we will appreciate it all the more when we can finally meet up again. I cope by looking for the positives - I would never normally have got so much time at home with all my children, playing board games is great for bonding the family, I live near some beautiful countryside and can go for walks."

Read more personal stories on the Warwick Women's Montage page.

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ED&I Newsletter

Charters - including Athena Swan (gender equality Charter)

Gender Initiatives

Data and Reports - including Gender Pay Gap Report

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Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force

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