More prominent Perth women have backed Fiona Wood's call for women to be less critical of how others juggle motherhood and a career.
Working mothers yesterday spoke about their experiences trying to balance work and family life and facing criticism from those who should have been their biggest supporters - other women.
WA burns expert and former Australian of the Year Dr Wood on Thursday called for women to be more supportive of other mothers, saying women had been her harshest critics when she was trying to balance a career with raising six children.
Speaking to _The Weekend West _ on International Women's Day, shadow police minister and mother-of- three Michelle Roberts, said Dr Wood's comments were "100 per cent spot on".
"Often the least understanding people are women," she said.
Ms Roberts, whose children were 18 months, 10 and 12 when she was police minister, said she had coped by having a supportive partner.
Vanessa Guthrie, one of the few WA women to head a listed resources company, said the way women chose to handle work and family life was "a very personal choice".
"I know some fabulous people in the workplace who have chosen never to have children," she said.
"I know some who have chosen to have children and I also know some fabulous women in my personal life who have chosen not to work."
Ms Guthrie, who heads Toro Energy, has two adult sons and was yesterday awarded a Chamber of Minerals and Energy Women in Resources award. She said she had always worked full-time.
"I can share some of Fiona's sentiment that the harshest criticism can come from areas where you might expect some support, from other women," she said.
WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Yvonne Henderson, whose four children are adults, said mothers on both sides faced pressure.
Women who stayed home worried others would think they were not doing enough and women at work felt guilty about being away.
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