Re-thinking maternity provision

Only by ensuring maternity provision for all women through the state can we remove the stigma of pregnancy in the workplace. Where the onus is placed on employers, rather than the state, women will always be discriminated against. We need to accept women have babies and move on with policies designed to protect and empower women – and their children – rather than reinforcing a patriarchal system with a short term view that sees pregnancy as a nuisance, a drain on resource (it’s not – we’re creating resource, but never mind) and shores up the status quo by enabling only the rich – or those married to someone rich – to be able to afford children. Universal provision of good childcare would do much to redress the balance.

by Reprobate Mum

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