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Leaders Now Virtual Edition: Joeli Brearley

Leaders Now, Clore Social's long-standing free breakfast event series for the social sector, goes virtual!

Join us here on Tuesday, 29 September, between 9:00 am and 10:00 am for an engaging conversation on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women with guest speaker Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, a charity and campaigning group working to end the motherhood penalty and supporting mothers who face discrimination.

Leaders Now is a free event series designed to facilitate inspiring conversations and foster networking and collaboration within the social sector. We aim to provide a space where established and aspiring social leaders have the opportunity to learn from each other and engage in important and thought-provoking discussions on key social issues.

About Joeli Brearley

Joeli Brearley is the founder of the charity and campaigning group, Pregnant Then Screwed, which works to end the motherhood penalty and supports mothers who face discrimination. She started campaigning in 2015 after she was sacked by her employer the day after she informed them she was expecting her first child. Her employer was a children’s charity.

54,000 women a year are pushed out of their jobs for getting pregnant or taking maternity leave and 77% of working mums encounter some form of discrimination in the workplace. This type of discrimination is a major contributor to the gender pay gap and child poverty. Via her training organisation, ‘Gendering Change’, Joeli is on a mission to make the labour market work for parents.

She is a regular contributor on Radio 5 Live, she writes for the Telegraph and the Independant and has won various awards and accolades for her pioneering work to end the motherhood penalty. Described by Elle Magazine as ‘Fearsome and Funny’ She has been awarded the 2019 Northern Power Women ‘’Agent of Change’’ award, she is an Observer 2018 New Radical and an Amnesty International Women Human Rights Defender.

Joeli’s debut book – ”Pregnant Then Screwed, The Truth about The Motherhood Penalty’’ will be published by Simon & Schuster on 4th March 2021. It is available to pre-order from Waterstones and Amazon.

Pregnant Then Screwed are currently taking legal action against the Government for indirect sex discrimination and they are leading on landmark research into the experiences of pregnant women and mothers during Covid19.

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