Pregnant Then Screwed

by Joeli Brearley in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th April 2017 we successfully raised £16,100 with 360 supporters in 35 days

We need your help to end pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Together, we can stop mothers losing their jobs for getting pregnant.

by Joeli Brearley in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

We can't believe you have all been so utterly brilliant and helped us raise our initial target of £12,000. If we can raise more funds we can do so much more to support pregnant women and working mums across the UK, including research and recruiting specialists who can help us create a truly sustainble business model. 

£5,000 more

Would pay for a fundraising specialist to work on generating income from companies and trust and foundations to support all Pregnant then Screwed activity in the future.

£13,000 more

Would allow us to do all of the above, and explore and purchase software that will help us capture specific measurable data from the women who contact us. This data can be used to lobby the Government for changes to legislation that will have a positive impact on working mums.  

£23,000 more

Would allow us to do all of the above, and also commission some specific research into the barriers faced by young women who get pregnant and are in full time education.

The number of women who lose their jobs for getting pregnant has almost doubled in the last 10 years.

A key problem is that women are not aware of their rights and Government legislation is completely outdated.

Become a founding member of Pregnant Then Screwed and ensure we can provide free legal advice and peer to peer support to any pregnant woman or new mum who needs it. We will help mums access the justice they deserve and we will launch two new campaigns which will challenge outdated Government legislation.  


Pregnant women and new mums are being sacked, made redundant, demoted, bullied or harrassed because they dared to want both a family and a career.

Pregnant then Screwed was set up 2 years ago to document the experiences of mothers who suffer pregnancy or maternity discrimination. Joeli Brearley created the project after she was sacked by her employer when she was 4 months pregnant. Since then, supported by a capable and passionate team of volunteers, we have collected over 600 stories, we have launched a free legal advice line, we have piloted a mentor scheme for women going through an employment tribunal, we have received an overwhelming amount of national press and media coverage, and we have created campaigns which are being discussed at Westminster. 

We want to do more.

We are now at the point where we are unable to protect and support all the women who need us, without some help to cover some of our core costs. We need resources so that we can launch two new campaigns which will promote the rights of mums and we need funds so we can take our #Givemesix campaign to the next level.

Until now the project has been managed by a small group of volunteers. We want Pregnant Then Screwed to be around for the long-term. 


Despite it being illegal to discriminate against pregnant women and those on maternity leave, it is clear that the problem is huge and many working mums feel unable to tackle discriminatory behaviour. Pregnant Then Screwed offers women a platform to tell their story, and gives them an opportunity to access free advice and friendship at this difficult timel. If we want women to be enabled to have both children and a career then we need organisations like Pregnant Then Screwed
Helen Skelton

Our plan

With your help we can assist thousands of women to access justice and rebuild their lives. We will do this by:

  • Offering free legal advice to women 24/7
  • Working with NHS midwifery units and local doulas to signpost pregnant women to our free legal advice line.
  • Growing our mentor programme which offers peer to peer support to women who are taking legal action against an employer. Currently less than 1% of discrimination victims raise a tribunal claim. This is, in part, due to stress. Our mentor scheme helps reduce stress and it empowers victims. 

We will promote the rights of working mothers and build our community so that together we can demand recognition, respect and change. We will do this by:

  • Finding more women who are prepared to tell their story to the media and offering them media training
  • We will launch 2 new specific and targeted campaigns which will promote the rights of mothers. This following the success of our #Givemesix campaign to extend the tribunal time limit, which has received over 50,000 signatures, was raised in Westminster and has been tabled as an Early Day Motion sponsored by MPs from 7 political parties

In total, we expect to support 2,500 women over the coming 12 months. 

Solving Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is worth millions to the UK economy.

Jess Phillips

The Team

The Pregnant Then Screwed team are a group of people who care deeply about this issue. Many of us have been victims of pregnancy or maternity discrimination. Our team consists of employment lawyers, communication specialists, campaigners and political experts, and we are spread across the UK. 

Joeli and the team at “Pregnant then screwed” are a formidable force for social justice , exposing the blatant discrimination that thousands of pregnant women workers still face day to day.
Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Minister for Education

How the money will be spent

This money will give us the time and resources to become a fully-fledged organisation. So far we have achieved an enormous amount and helped over 1000 victims of discrimination through passion, dedication and good will. We have managed to achieve this while holding down jobs and caring for young children. The number of women who need our help has now become unmanageable without resources and a paid member of staff.

Become a founding member of Pregnant Then Screwed and show the world that you care about equality at work. Together we will show the Government and the UK that working mothers are important and that we demand respect.  

Our priority is to have someone who can lead on our campaigning and coordinate our current activity and we need £12,000 to do this. Our stretch goal is £17,000 to include some basic resources which will help us achieve even more

Cost breakdown

£12,000 Will pay for a brilliant campaigner to coordinate and launch our next two campaigns and someone to manage all Pregnant Then Screwed activity for 6 months

Stretch goal - £17,000

£1,000 Will cover general running costs including the website for 6 months

£2,000 Will pay mentor expenses for 6 months

£2,000 Will pay travel and accommodation for the founder, staff and volunteers for 6 months so we are able to meet with key influencers and hold team meetings to generate new campaign concepts and ideas

Testimonial: ‘’Thank you so much for setting this up - your support has been invaluable to me during this time’’ 

Join Us

We would love you to join our community of people who are demanding change.  Please follow us on Twitter @pregnantscrewed or join us on Facebook. Sign our #Givemesix campaign or write to your MP and ask them to support EDM 1084. Read the stories of other mums or tell us your story. Because with your support, we can create change. 



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you for your support. You will get a special mention on our website.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Donate £10 and you will be listed as a founding supporter on our website. Thank you!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Donate £20 and be listed as a founding supporter on our website and Facebook page & get a Pregnant then Screwed postcard.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Donate £30 and we will list you as a Gold Founder member, we will send you a limited edition founding member postcard and we will do a special tweet and Facebook post in your honour.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Donate £50 and sponsor a mentor. We will list you as a Diamond Founder member. We will send you a limited founder member postcard and we will do a special facebook and twitter post in your honour.

£75 or more

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£75 Reward

OPTION 1: To celebrate you and all working mums you will get one of our ‘Proud of my working mum’ baby vests, be listed as a Diamond founder member on the website and you will receive a facebook and twitter post in your honour.

£75 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£75 Reward

OPTION 2: To celebrate you and all working mums you will get one of our ‘I’m not going to stop my mum working so why would you?’ baby vests and you will be listed as a Diamond Founder member on our website.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

The PREGNANT THEN SCREWED SHERO You truly are a hero! In return for being so utterly terrific you will get one of our Pregnant Then Screwed baby vests, sleep suits or toddler T-shirts and a handwritten letter from the founder, Joeli Brearley. You will be listed on our website as a Super Star Founder Member.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

The SAVIOUR Thank you. We are lost for words. Whoever you are and whatever you do we want to tell the world about your generosity. If you'd be happy to we'd like to feature you or your company on our website.

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