I don’t doubt that my long term career prospects will be affected by being a mum

Whilst I was pregnant the first time, my manager publicly analysed my reasons for getting pregnant. Shortly afterwards I was due to start work in a different team. My new manager said that I would have to get all of the work done to make up for the fact that I would be going on maternity leave, making me feel obligated, like I had done something wrong and under pressure. Shortly after the birth I applied for a PhD which was not due to start until my baby was about 10 months old. When I called to show interest the man heard my baby in the background and asked me how I was going to do a PhD with a baby. Unsurprisingly I didn’t get the job (but did do a PhD with no issues proving him wrong incidentally). Since then another manager has commented to my colleague about her opinions with me working with a young child (I.e. that I shouldn’t be). The worst thing is that part of me still feels that these experiences are unimportant because they are not ‘serious’ discrimination but they all add up and have an impact on working mums. I don’t doubt that my long term career prospects will be affected by being a mum, which would not happen to a man.

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