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.


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.


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.


Interview with Jessica Chivers

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.


At the end of last week, I was nervously waiting outside the room until my name was called to come in a present my pitch. I found out that I achieved quite a high grade for the pitch and I was given the go ahead for producing a 7 minute documentary on the motherhood penalty and all aspects of it.

Here you can see my proposal handout for the pitch and what I plan to achieve in my radio documentary project.

Additional comments from the marker:

“Overall, a very good pitch on a project with very clear intentions; very good that you’ve narrowed it down to the financial consequences of giving up or halting a career in the pursuit of motherhood. A potential hazard is that your documentary may become ‘dry’ – you’ll definitely need good case studies to make it compelling.

You eventually answered the question on the need for balance; do not forsake any compelling audio because you can’t get a right of reply from the person or organisation being criticised. Ensure you make the best possible effort to represent fairly a divisive aspect. If you cannot, just let your listeners know that you’ve made the best possible effort.”