Campaign group, Pregnant Then Screwed, has calculated that ‘Mums’ Equal Pay Day’ is Wednesday 12th September 2018, marking the day that mothers start working for free compared to their male counterparts.
According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies the earning gap between mothers and fathers widens over the first 20 years after a mother returns to work, at which point mothers earn 30% less per hour than similarly educated fathers.
Joeli Brearley, Founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, says: “As Brexit looms we need to focus on building a resilient economy. An economy that supports all its stakeholders to fully participate. Motherhood is the key driver of the gender pay gap, but the impact of motherhood could be minimised if we had legislation which encouraged an equal share of domestic duties, free childcare and flexible working as standard. Employers also have a responsibility to support pregnant women and new mums in the workplace. Mums’ Equal Pay Day is a chance for us to shout about the specific challenges mothers encounter and say enough is enough.’’
Sam Smethers, CEO of the Fawcett Society, adds: ‘’It makes absolutely no economic sense to not fully utilise the skills and expertise of such a large percentage of our workforce. The 30% pay gap is a productivity gap. It is in all of our interest to create a labour market and a society that facilitates women being mothers and having a successful career.’’
Pregnant Then Screwed is calling on the Government to: