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Trail Intro: Why is Being a Working Mother Still so Sh*t?

Mar 8, 2023 | 4m

Being a working mother sucks. There, we said it. Mothers all over the world are fed up, burnt out, and sick of being sidelined and underpaid. Don’t believe us? Well, we have research. Whether you’re a working mother who can relate to this, a future parent who is scared that having kids could affect your career, or an HR or people leader who wants to make sure your organization is inclusive for all - this Trail is for you. Throughout the Trail, please see ‘More Info’ below for extra notes and research that’s been covered in each episode.

Useful Notes & Resources:

  • 43% of women leave their careers either forever or for some period of time following childbirth. (Harvard Business Review)
  • However, the total number of women in the workforce (including women who have returned to the workforce) is 70%.
  • By the time a woman's first child is 12 years old, she earns 33% less than a man (Pregnant then Screwed)
  • 75% of expecting mothers say they’re excited to return to work after giving birth (Maven Clinic)
  • In 38 countries, being fired whilst pregnant is still common. In case you’re wondering, the US and UK are both on the list. (World Bank)

Hosted by Pippa Woodhead


Pippa Woodhead

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