The Alliance Against Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace believes that pregnant and new mums are more likely to face redundancy in this recession. 30,000 mums actually lose their jobs each year as a result of becoming pregnant.
As a new mum myself, with a beautiful 14 month old son, I was unlucky enough to face redundancy just six weeks after returning to work from maternity leave. As an ambitious professional it was certainly a blow to my confidence – and made me wonder if working life would ever be the same again.
I have experienced, as many working mums have no doubt similarly gone through, negative reactions to my wish to work part-time – from eyes glazing mid interview when the topic of part time was raised to people commenting that anyone wanting to work less than the traditional working week is doing it purely for ‘pocket money’.