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The stigma and loneliness of being a young mother

The stigma and loneliness of being a young mother

Young Women’s Trust have known for some time that when it comes to seeking work, being a mother throws extra obstacles in the way of young women. In our 2015 report Scarred for Life young mothers told us that they could not just take work as a ‘quick fix’ – it needed to pay adequately and fit around their caring ...

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Pregnant women are taking desperate measures in the face of Northern Ireland’s abortion ban

Our new blog series, Speakers’ Corner, gives a voice to anyone who has experienced gender discrimination in their everyday lives. Here, filmmaker Hattie Ladd, speaks about the haunting stories she heard while making ...

Pregnant women are taking desperate measures in the face of Northern Ireland’s abortion ban
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Why do women so rarely make it in the financial sector?

Our new blog series, Speakers’ Corner, gives a voice to anyone up against gender discrimination in their everyday lives. Here, author and journalist Iona Bain, gives some insight into her ...

Why do women so rarely make it in the financial sector?
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Women have always been part of the space race. We need to tell their stories.

Today marks the UN's International Day of Human Space Flight. This was established in 2011 on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s epic 1961 mission when he became the first human ...

Women have always been part of the space race. We need to tell their stories.
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“ I’m sorry I’m pregnant ”: Four words no working woman should have to say

Our new blog series, Speakers’ Corner, gives a voice to anyone up against gender discrimination in their everyday lives. Here, Kath from Is It A Mummy Day? speaks about the ...

“ I’m sorry I’m pregnant ”: Four words no working woman should have to say
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Driving instructors: the workers defying the gender pay gap

The gender pay gap is a problem that’s far from being solved. With recent ONS data finding the gap is still as high as 13.9% in the UK, it’s unclear ...

Driving instructors: the workers defying the gender pay gap
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Archaeology in the 21st century must tackle sexual harassment and lack of diversity- here’s how

When most people are asked to imagine what an archaeologist looks like, the likelihood is that they will describe a middle-aged white man. He may be wearing a fedora and ...

Archaeology in the 21st century must tackle sexual harassment and lack of diversity- here’s how
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It’s 2017, and we still can’t put mothers on marriage certificates

Here’s a sample marriage certificate. The basic format hasn’t changed since it was first introduced in 1949. Observe the boxes marked father’s name and surname and rank and profession of ...

It’s 2017, and we still can’t put mothers on marriage certificates
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The golden handcuffs of flexible working

Our new blog series, Speakers' Corner, gives a voice to anyone up against gender discrimination in their everyday lives. The first instalment is about the difficulties of flexible working, from Stella ...

The golden handcuffs of flexible working
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One in ten nursery staff earn less than the minimum wage- most affected are women

Almost half a million women in England work in childcare. Most earn very little – the average non-management pay in a privately run nursery is about £13,000 a year. But ...

One in ten nursery staff earn less than the minimum wage- most affected are women
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