Reports showed that 84% of business said they supported pregnant women and those on maternity leave, which compares to the 77% of mothers who told the Equality and Human Rights Commission that they had a negative or discriminatory experience at work.
The Royal Mail, Barclays, BT and HSBC have supported the campaign to make the best workplace for pregnant women and new mothers. You can see the progress on the EHRC website or follow #WorkingForward hashtag on Twitter.
EHRC have launched a new campaign that will make the workplace the best they can be for pregnant women and new mothers #WorkingForward
In a couple of weeks, I will be interviewing coaching psychologist and author Jessica Chivers.
She is the author of the bestselling book ‘Mothers Work!’, which helps women make a smooth return back to work. The mother of two wrote the book after she became a mother in 2006.
I will be asking her about her book and how she helps women with their transition back into work after having children. She has 13 years of experience as a coaching psychologist making her interview a great addition to my documentary.
She has appeared on the BBC and on several radio stations as an expert. I will be able to talk to her in depth about women’s pay and childcare costs as she has been interviewed about these subjects for other organisations.
Now for the BIG question, what is the motherhood penalty?
Sociologists have come up with the term ‘The Motherhood Penalty’ to explain how women encounter discrimination in the workplace in terms of wages, employment, and job promotion.
According to the Fawcett Society, from now until christmas women technically working for free due to the gender pay gap. Women may suffer a per child pay penalty depending on how many children they decide to have.