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The Motherhood Penalty Joeli Brearley

The Motherhood Penalty By Joeli Brearley

The Motherhood Penalty by Joeli Brearley

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Modern-day motherhood is hard and discrimination against women who are, have been or could be pregnant is on the rise. Pregnant Then Screwed tells us what the barriers to motherhood and work are, and how we can work together to overcome them.

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The Motherhood Penalty: How to stop motherhood being the kiss of death for your career by Joeli Brearley


'It's the book that proves working mothers are shamefully mistreated' - Daily Mail
'Brearley's book leaves no stone unturned in what needs to be done to remedy these problems going forward' - Vogue UK
'Joeli is one of the most tenacious and impressive campaigners I know, and her work has had a massive positive impact on the lives of thousands of women. Her work is invaluable, from setting up a vital lifeline for women to learn about their rights on maternity discrimination, to the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis, where she battled for women not to be left out of the picture altogether.' - Laura Bates

Imagine suddenly being sacked from your job. After spending years building your career, it's all taken away in just one moment. Why? Because you told your boss you are pregnant.

This happened to Joeli Brearley. And she quickly realised she wasn't alone - 54,000 women a year are forced out of their job because they dared to procreate, and three quarters of working mothers face workplace discrimination. And this was before the pandemic, with its never-ending cycle of extraordinary childcare challenges and overt pregnancy and maternity discrimination, resulting in a tsumani of mothers exiting the labour force.
Pregnant Then Screwed is an expose of the unscrupulous work practices and antiquated systems that we've been conditioned to accept and a toolkit for how to challenge them. It's full of practical advice to help you navigate systemic barriers when they slap you in the face.

Whether you're a mother who is sick of being sidelined, undermined, and underpaid. A ''stay at home'' mother who wants to work but can't. A future parent who is scared that having children will affect your career. An employer who wants to get the best out of its parent employees, or you simply want a stronger, fairer economy, Pregnant Then Screwed is a compelling manifesto for change and a call to arms for all women.

About Joeli Brearley

Joeli Brearley founded Pregnant Then Screwed after being sacked when she was four months pregnant. She writes for the Telegraph and the Independent and speaks about the motherhood penalty all over the world. She is one of the Observer's 50 New Radicals of 2018, an Amnesty International Women Human Rights Defender, winner of the Northern Power Women 'Agent for Change' award, and her national demonstration - 'March of the Mummies' - won PR Week top campaign. She was described by Elle Magazine as: 'Fearsome and funny.' Her writing on the issue was described by one Telegraph commenter as: 'A massive pile of whiny nonsense.'

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The Motherhood Penalty: How to stop motherhood being the kiss of death for your career by Joeli Brearley
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Simon & Schuster Ltd
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