On the same day that the prime minister announced more women need to make it into the boardroom, a study revealed the real pitfalls faced by those who dream of one day having a career and a family.
The truth is that any mum who wants to go back to work will find her progress hindered enough already – so making it up the career ladder will feel like a world away to most.
Many women are being forced to take low-paid part-time jobs because the high cost of childcare makes full-time work a struggle.
It’s all right David Cameron saying our economy would really benefit from having more women in the top jobs.
But we need action, not nice but meaningless chatter, now – and he’ll need to go all-out to make that happen.