International Women's Day

“Work and motherhood is a hard balance whatever the career ... protect your time”

For International Women’s Day, we asked leading women to open their playbooks for success. Here, author and columnist Eithne Shortall offers wisdom for ambitious women

“It’s not just the direct time spent mothering, but the time spent thinking about it,” author and columnist Eithne Shortall

In the history of publishing, there has probably never been a better time to be a female author. Gone are the days of women having to write under male pseudonyms to ensure publication and readership (hat tip to the pioneering George Eliot).

In fact, you’re probably more likely to see male authors using androgynous pen names these days. Women make up the bulk of the fiction bestseller charts and they get just as much publicity ...