On October 31st, something huge is happening nationwide. At 12pm in London, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester women from all around the country are joining together to make their voices heard.
Because they want better recognition, respected and change for working mothers, expectant mothers, and families.
Women are gathering together to fight against the current legislation in place around working mothers and pregnancy during employment – dressed as Mummies as hey.. It’s Halloween right? Children and families are welcome at the events, as there will be music and entertainment there too but the important reason people are gathering shouldn’t be forgotten.
(1) To increase the time limit to raise a tribunal claim from 3 months to (at least) 6 months.
(2) Require companies to report on how many flexible working requests are made and how many are granted.
(3) Give both parents access to 6 weeks parental leave paid at 90% of salary.
(4) Give the self-employed access to statutory shared parental pay.
(5) Subsidise childcare from 6 months old, rather than 3 years.
These are all obvious, I’d like to think. I’ve shared my own employment crisis recently as I felt I should be putting my own voice behind this campaign – but each and every demand listed above directly impacts on my situation. I think a woman has to be incredibly brave sharing her story about being discriminated against during employment, not just because she’s faced a situation where her world has potentially fallen apart.. But because of the underlying threat to relationships with those she worked with, the anxiety of ‘outing’ herself and of course – what repercussions speaking out will have on her and her family.
Reading the experiences of others has helped me with my own journey, and I urge you to do the same – you have nothing to be ashamed of, and the support network out there is magnificent (you can read a lot of relevant case studies, and get in touch with mentors for support and guidance via the Pregnant then Screwed website).
Why is this so important?
Because despite it being 2017, women are getting pushed out of employment for getting pregnant. Because women are discriminated against for being a working mother. The statistics are horrifying.
54,000 women have found themselves unemployed because of pregnancy – that means 54,000 women (and their partners, and their families) are kept up at night worrying about supporting the child currently growing inside of them. Of those 54,000 women, some are tenacious and go to job interview after job interview fighting for the right to work for their family – only to walk away empty handed each and every time.
The discrimination is real, and it doesn’t stop after giving birth either. 77% of working mothers have been treated negatively because of the family they’ve helped create – a number that has almost doubled in recent years.
Even if she chooses not to have a child, she faces an uphill struggle. 40% of employers admit that they’d hire someone else over a women of childbearing age.
Please. Help us make our voices heard.
You can register for the marches through the links below
London – 12pm, October 31st 2017
Starting point: North Terrace, Trafalgar Square
Manchester – 12pm, October 31st 2017
Starting point: Central Library
Newcastle – 12pm, October 31st 2017
Starting point: Civic Centre
Belfast – 12pm, October 31st 2017
Starting point: The Town Hall
Cardiff – 12pm, October 31st 2017
Starting point: The Anuerin Beavan Statue
Glasgow – 12pm, October 31st 2017
Starting point: Glasgow Green