A radio documentary investigating all aspects of the motherhood penalty questioning whether it is possible to be a successful well paid woman and have children. It explores the struggles of working mothers including their financial situation and discrimination in the workplace.

Presented and produced by final year multimedia journalism student Chloe Desave.


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 that women are working for free up until christmas due to the men getting paid more than women by 13.9%. It is worse for mothers as there is a pay gap between mothers and non-mothers, leaving mothers even less well off. Women may suffer a per child pay penalty depending on how many children they decide to have.