And our survey says…

And the results are in from the motherhood paradox survey that I released roughly two weeks ago.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey and shared it with friends and colleagues on social media. Some of the big statistics that stood out are as followed:

  • 66% said that having children will affect their career.
  • 42% said that when they have a child that they will be less committed to their job.
  • 85% would consider flexible working when they have children

These statistics reinforce why I decided to create the project in the first place because they show how people really feel about pursuing a career and having children. Flexible working and shared parental leave are the popular vote in this survey and could be the future for working parents.

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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.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8N3HDDM

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 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.

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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.

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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.

#WorkingForward campaign

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have launched the new campaign, Working Forward, that will make sure that the workplace is the best they can be for pregnant women and new mothers.

The drive is led by British businesses that are trying to point the industry in the right direction regarding pregnancy and maternity rights.

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.

Interview with Amy Shaw

My next interview will be with Amy Shaw, an employment lawyer from Southampton, who will be talking to me about maternity discrimination and the procedures of discrimination tribunals.

She works at the DC Employment Solicitors firm in Southampton and loves being an employment lawyer.

She is pregnant herself so she can give me her personal view on maternity discrimination and if she has fears for the future for working mums.