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Podcast: Why are working women still paying a motherhood penalty?

The motherhood penalty can be described as the systematic disadvantages that women encounter in their careers once becoming mothers, thus presenting a very real setback for women in the workforce.

Joeli Brearley was fired from her job in the UK by voicemail, two days after she told her employer that she was pregnant with her first child. It was an abrupt end to a successful role, and she soon realised that her experience was not unique. 

The motherhood penalty is faced by many women through pregnancy and maternity discrimination, yet in many countries legislation does not protect women. 

Joeli launched Pregnant Then Screwed in 2015, as a space for mothers to share their stories. Today the charity is dedicated to ending the systemic, cultural and institutional discrimination faced by thousands of pregnant women and mothers every year. 

In the latest episode of everywoman Podcast, Joeli discusses the barriers, disincentives and disingenuities of current legislation and how these intersect with societal expectations to create the perfect storm for mothers who work.

Listen to the podcast HERE.


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