Tuesday 20 March 2018

Does Helena have it all?

A new feminist role model is a financial ace and a mother of nine

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Feminist icons are often unmarried or childless or both - Germaine Greer, Simone de Beauvoir, Gloria Steinem - but now there is an influential feminist role-model who is a married mother of nine children.

Yes, Helena Morrissey, who launched the successful "30% Club" - an initiative to ensure that business boards are at least 30pc female - has nine children, aged from 26 to 12. As head of personal investment in the British investment bank, Legal & General, she manages global funds worth £951 billion, but what most interviewers ask her - or want to ask - is, "Why do you have nine children?"

A big family is considered such a preposterous exception these days, especially for a woman with a high-flying job - and, it is noted, she's not even a Roman Catholic!

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