Recent developments

The christmas period is now officially over so now it is back to editing the radio documentary into a 7 minute final piece.

After getting feedback from my tutor about my rough cut, I have decided to switch parts of the narrative around so that the piece flows better. I have come to the realisation that I have too many voices so the hardest part of the project so far is deciding which voices to leave out of the final piece for submission.

Whilst editing I created a survey to develop my own research on the issue. You can be involved in the survey below.


Maternity Action: Time to put an end to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace

Maternity Action and several organisations have joined together to put an end to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace in a campaign that is using the twitter handle #MaternityRights.

The alliance have formed an action plan and are calling on the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Margot James, to take action to end discrimination against pregnant mothers.

You can view the action plan here.

The campaign was produced after the Equality and Human Rights Commission released a report which showed a massive increased in maternity and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. It showed that 77% of pregnant women and new mothers experience some form of discrimination at work compared to 2005 where it was only 45%.

ECHR also found out that each year 54,000 women lose their jobs as a result of pregnancy discrimination.

The Alliance for Maternity Rights consists of Maternity Action, Family and Childcare Trust, NCT, Prospect,  The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, The Royal College of Midwives, TUC,  UNISON, Unite the Union, Working Families and YESS Law.

Maternity Action logo

Legal advice from employment lawyer Amy Shaw

Amy Shaw is not only pregnant but she is an employment lawyer at DC Solicitors in Hampshire. She gets weekly enquiries into pregnancy and maternity discrimination claims and what the process is. Amy lives by a few steps in which she goes through before letting her claimant take in to the tribunal.

Here’s some advice for women who are thinking of making a discrimination claim for Amy Shaw.

Jessica Chivers on what needs to change for working mothers to progress

I talked to Jessica Chivers, the author of Mothers Work!, about the motherhood penalty and how she helps women return back to work. She believes that flexible working is the way forward, not just mothers but for people in general. She believes if we extend the time limit on Shared Parental Leave and let women work from home at least one day a week this could change the playing field. Here’s a segment of my interview with her.


The Motherhood Paradox Survey

I decided to create my own specialised survey to find out what women really think about the future of working mothers. The questions are designed to provide me with clear data correlation on whether a career or children come first. I have also added questions on the motherhood penalty to see how many people know what the term actually means.

If you would like to be involved in the survey click here.


The Motherhood Penalty: facts and figures

At the moment, I am in the middle of editing the documentary and I’m adding all the my interviews that I have so far into a rough cut.

Here are some interesting statistics that I found in reports from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and AAT. 

I decided to create a little infographic with all the important facts and figures relating to the motherhood penalty.


Exposing justice together: Pregnant Then Screwed

Pregnant then Screwed is a place for women to report their discrimination anonymously and get free legal advice from a helpline. The project highlights the on-going mistreatment of pregnant women and mothers in the workplace and the amount of women who are speaking out against it.

I spoke to the founder, Joeli Brearley, who told me more about the project and her advice for women who are experiencing/experienced discrimination in the workplace.


British mothers say having children significantly impacted on their careers, study shows

The UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants, AAT, released a new survey that examined the attitudes towards women in the modern workplace. The survey found that over half of British mothers feel they have been held back at work after having children.


The survey involving 2,000 UK mothers, also found that 52% of women who are yet to have children fear that doing so in the future may impact their career.

The survey reported that one in five mothers claimed to have been passed over for promotion and one in ten have been denied a pay rise after giving birth.

One in eight women said they had been told that having kids would be detrimental to their career opportunities, and 12% are putting off having children for the time being as a result.

The AAT have done some extensive research into the issue and have produced a white paper on what employers and employees can do about it. You can find the document here.



“It is a continuous struggle” Kate Beal

Here’s a little snippet from my interview with CEO of Woodcut Productions, Kate Beal. We talked about how hard it is to have children whilst trying to get far in your career. We also went into depth about how we can solve the motherhood penalty and how flexible working is the way forward. It was lovely to speak to Kate for The Motherhood Paradox and I hope she likes the end product. Keep coming back to this blog for constant updates.

Interview with Joeli Brearley

I am excited to be interviewing the founder of Pregnant then ScrewedJoeli Brearley, this week to talk about her project and her own personal experiences with discrimination.

Pregnant then Screwed is a place for women to report their discrimination anonymously and get free legal advice from a helpline. The project highlights the on-going mistreatment of pregnant women and mothers in the workplace and the amount of women who are speaking out against it.

The volunteers of the group has one mission and that is to eliminate pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Joeli was made redundant in 2011 when she told her main client about her pregnancy news and without any further communication she was sacked.

I will be discussing her mistreatment whilst also finding out more about the Pregnant then Screwed project and how it has opened up a dialogue into the struggles of being a mother in the workplace.