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An eye-opening exploration of modern motherhood packed with practical advice on navigating discrimination in the workplace.  

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 tsunami 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. 

©2021 Joeli Brearley (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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"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)

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Compulsory reading!

A jaw dropping read, brimming with hard facts but also a warmth that feels like a good mate talking you through a tough time. This should be compulsory reading for parents, politicians, policy makers and HR representatives.

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Informative, inspiring, call to action

A must-read - for fathers, mothers, employers, colleagues, and anyone remotely involved in governing. Brilliant to have the issues around pregnancy & motherhood laid out, with reference to policy (primarily UK but other countries included as comparison/examples throughout) but importantly also including real-life accounts of how these issues can play out for women & families.

The clear solutions Joeli lays out do a great job of balancing the anger that some of the real-life accounts can inspire. An excellent call to action.

Policy details can go over your head if you’re multi-tasking, but it’s so nice to have them in there if you want to rewind and get the detail!

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Extremely well written and researched - a must read

I feel like I want to send copies of this book to everyone I know - to the mums who feel like they’re failing because they can’t “make it work” and progress in their career in the ways they did pre-kids - to know it’s not them, it’s the system... and to every employer, to check themselves and see that they need to sort this out. Enough.

Excellent - well done Joeli!

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A must read for all

A very important and informative read not just for mums but for all. This book will make you angry at times but also well informed and better placed to promote change. Very well written and read.

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Eye opening - you must listen!!

Brilliant informative book - everyone must read. The motherhood penalty is real!! Pregnant then Screwed are doing such important work!

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A manifesto for a much fairer Britain

This is a brilliantly researched and written book that lays bare so many of the hypocrisies, idiocy and policymaking that continues to widen the gender gap and penalise pregnant women in British society. Brilliantly and charismatically narrated, this is one to read and share. ESPECIALLY FOR MEN.