My wife had worked for the UK part of an Australian Travel Company for over 10 years when she took 6 months maternity leave with myself taking the second 6 months for our first child. On return to her work, where previously she had been trained and groomed with various international training courses for a senior financial position, such a position became available. She was interviewed along with a less experienced male colleague for the role. She was asked directly by her male boss how she would cope with such a senior role now she has a baby. Would looking after the baby affect her ability to do the role. The fact her boss has two small children is beside the point! Her male colleague, who was awarded the role was not asked such a question, she asked him, despite him having three children under 6. She feels as though she now has to prove herself all over again but fears trying to move companies she will be viewed as a new mother by any job interviewer.