Saturday 17 March 2018

Women are stuck in the middle and still not getting the top jobs - Xpose's Aisling O'Loughlin

Aisling O'Loughlin ath the 2015 VIP Style Awards
Aisling O'Loughlin ath the 2015 VIP Style Awards

Eimear Rabbitt

Presenter Aisling O’Loughlin has spoken about equality in the workforce – saying there are not enough women being recognised at the highest level.

“We are stuck in the middle,” Aisling told the Herald.

“There is evidence to show that if you have women at the top level, the company does better – so the more men that figure this out, the better the company will run.

“We operate differently, we have a lot of strings to our bow and we are able to stick up for ourselves.

“We probably have to drive ourselves as women and mothers, we have to be the leaders of it.”

While TV3 is known for its female-friendly shows including her own, Xpose, and panel show Midday, Aisling said there was still a lot more work to be done.

“Getting to that top spot is difficult,” she said.

“We are making progress with the internet – women are making the rules themselves, creating their own work and not waiting to be told. 

“I think Midday is great in showing that women can have different opinions – it doesn’t have to be that ‘shiny happy people’ image of a woman that is put out there.

“This is a boring idea of what woman are and we are not like that – we are far more complex than that,” she said. “So I think we have to charge on – when men choose women for jobs they go for the ‘shiny happy people’ image of a woman, whereas I think women will choose people.”

Aisling also said that she doesn’t think having children should get in the way of a woman making it to the top of the career ladder.

“There is a feeling that when you become a mother something has to give, but at the same time I feel that I am more efficient than I have ever been.


“I have looked at research on this and it shows that a woman’s brain actually improves post-baby – we are so adaptable when it comes to multi-tasking.

“Since I became a mother, I can’t put the same time in, but the time I do put in is very concentrated – so that is just as worthy, if not more so than before,” she added.

The Clare native and mum of two is expecting her third child this May with partner Nick MacInnes. The former journalist will go on her six months’ paid maternity leave at the end of April and said it “makes all the difference”.

“I had it with the other two so it’s great because you need to spend that time with the baby and to recover, and the financial support helps too.”



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