Tánaiste: Jobs oppressive to young women
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said workplaces can be "very oppressive" in not allowing more flexibility to women employees who want to start families.
Speaking at the Women Mean Business conference in Dublin, Ms Fitzgerald gave an example from her own career of how young mothers could be supported.
"You do need to have the kind of flexibility in the workplace that suits women," the Enterprise Minister said. She added: "I got a major boost...when I had young children and I got the first job-sharing post in the Mater Hospital."
Ms Fitzgerald said women face difficult choices in relation to fertility and are having children later due to a lack of flexible work options provided by some employers.
"Sometimes it can be very oppressive, what's happening in the workplace," she said, citing "the lack of choice that certainly many young women tell me they feel they experience".
On other issues, Ms Fitzgerald said the rate of female board membership is "still too low" but pointed to a 68pc increase in women-only start-up companies as positive progress.