Joeli Brearley

Future List 2017
Founder, Pregnant Then Screwed

We want to see an end to the Motherhood Penalty. In the UK 54,000 women a year are pushed out of their jobs due to pregnancy or maternity and 77% of working mums encounter discrimination in the workplace. This is having a negative impact on companies, women and our economy. Pregnant Then Screwed protects and supports the victims, campaigns for legislative change and runs training programmes for organisations to better understand their implicit bias towards mothers and how to retain brilliant women when they return from a period of leave. We are advocates of flexible working and job shares and have a thorough understanding of what creates the gender pay gap.

I founded Pregnant Then Screwed in 2015 after my own experience of pregnancy discrimination. I write for the Telegraph and the Independent about motherhood and work and I am a regular guest on Radio 5 Live and the Victoria Derbyshire show. You can follow our work on Instagram: @Pregnant_then_screwed

What does Northern Power Women mean to you?

It is a public demonstration of how much women are able to achieve, despite adversity and inequality.

What is your greatest achievement?

My two wonderful children. Managing to keep them rounded and happy whilst simultaneously building a charity from scratch.

Why is it important to champion role models in the North?

Because most awards and celebrations of achievements focus on London. Northern Power Women gives women in the North a platform to shout about what we are achieving here. The majority of investment goes into the South of England, so our achievements in the North should be celebrated with even more vigour.