Pregnant Then Screwed protects, supports and promotes the rights of mothers who suffer the effects of systemic, cultural, and institutional discrimination through our various schemes and activities, including: A free legal advice service, a website where women post their stories of discrimination anonymously, lobbying the Government for legislative change, and a mentor scheme that supports women who are considering legal action against their employer.
* Government legislation is completely outdated and does not effectively protect working mothers
* 54,000 women lose their jobs for getting pregnant and 390,000 working mums experience negative and potentially discriminatory treatment at work each year. These numbers have 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 less than 1% of victims take legal action against a discriminatory employer
* Discrimination tends to have a negative impact on a woman’s confidence and mental health. This often has a long term impact on their career and sometimes this has a negative impact on their relationship with their child and partner
* The legal process is incredibly confusing and stressful and pregnant women and new mums are very vulnerable
* Motherhood is a major contributor to the gender pay gap with the gap for young women and men being almost non existent, but the gap widens consistently for 12 years after the first child is born, by which point women receive 33% less pay per hour than men.
To tackle the root causes of motherhood discrimination and promote the rights of women we:
* Document the stories of working mothers to expose this nuanced and systemic problem
* Campaign for legislative change which will reduce discrimination and help to create gender parity both in the home and the workplace
* Talk publicly about the benefits of companies protecting pregnant women and mothers
To protect and support women we:
* Offer a free legal advice service
* Run a mentor programme which pairs women who have previously taken legal action against an employer with women who are considering legal action against their employer.
* Give women a safe, public platform to document their experiences. This is a cathartic process for the victims and offers solace to other working mothers.
Due to popular demand, Pregnant Then Screwed now also exists in the US and Spain.