Pregnant Then Screwed

Pregnant Then Screwed

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  • Campaigning
  • Children / families
  • Women

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National - Britain


54,000 women a year lose their job simply for getting pregnant. In addition, 390,00 working mums experience negative and potentially discriminatory treatment at work each year. These numbers almost doubled in a decade. Far from improving, the situation for working mums is rapidly deteriorating.

Pregnant women and new mums have limited access to justice, demonstrated by the fact that fewer than 1% of women take legal action against a discriminatory employer. Discrimination has a negative impact on a woman’s confidence, her mental health and her earning potential and it is a direct contributor to the gender pay gap. In addition to pregnancy and maternity discrimination, women encounter a multitude of barriers when trying to have children and a career including being reliant on one of the world’s most expensive, dysfunctional childcare systems and a lack of access to good quality flexible working. We know that by the time a woman’s first child is 12 years old , her pay is 33% less than a mans.  


To tackle the root causes of maternity discrimination and promote the rights of women, we:

  • Propose legislative change that will foster greater parity between men and women, both in the home and the workplace
  • Support pregnant women and mothers to access free legal advice as well as supporting them to challenge discrimination and to take legal action against an employer
  • Document the real stories of working mothers and collect data about their experiences to share with academics, the media and MPs
  • Contribute to government consultations and policy-making
  • Provide training to employers to help them make their workplace the best it can be for working parents
  • Use our platform, media presence and large social media following to talk publicly about ending the motherhood penalty
  • Work to rebuild the confidence of mothers and support them to find work that works for them

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