By Joanna Grigg
Each year thousands of girls are fired, made redundant, or go away their jobs as a result of being pregnant discrimination. Many extra are compelled to renounce their jobs simply because there isn't any association in position to permit for versatile operating. loads of those girls are later pressured to go into low-paid, unskilled paintings simply because their former employers won't take them again, or simply because they can not reenter their profession. yet having either a baby and a profession isn't really most unlikely. This eye-opening research includes a precise mixture of educational examine, common wisdom, statistics, and plenty of examples of genuine ladies conversing approximately their reviews with turning into pregnant whereas operating. crucial recommendation on what girls may still do sooner than getting into motherhood and strategies for a way to come to paintings after a holiday also are integrated.
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It is so hard not to slip into traditional patterns and roles as husband and wife when kids are born; the husband ‘escapes into his work’, the wife ‘nags all the time’, ‘nothing the husband does is ever good enough’, the wife is ‘always complaining’. I feel in the middle of an identity crisis; the change of status . . priority, etc has left me feeling lost and insane. I see myself as out of the loop. In many ways I feel like a loser, like motherhood is my last stop . . At the beginning of this book Laine asked why, if what we are doing as mothers is so valuable, it doesn’t feel so.
Women and people from minority groups gain the qualifications but gaining the appropriate experience near enough to the glass ceiling in order to rise above it can be near impossible. The figures make depressing reading. 24 But 35 Collapsing Careers women’s share of managerial positions ranged from 20–40 per cent in these same countries, from a high of 53 per cent in Costa Rica to a low of 5 per cent in South Korea. Senior civil servant Anne Eriksson describes the situation in her department: .
What chance had we of solving their problems if we could not even get our own working hours sorted? 30 pm after sitting an average of eight and a half hours a day. As Julie Mellor, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission, says: The real issue here is not that current parliamentary working hours are too long but when they happen – outside normal working hours. When we surveyed would-be Parliamentary candidates on their experience of the selection process, Commons’ working hours and methods were seen as a significant deterrent from coming forward as a candidate.