March Of The Mummies Protest

What Is March Of The Mummies? 

March Of The Mummies is a national protest organised by Pregnant Then Screwed where parents come together in Halloween fancy dress to march. The next protest will be on the 29th of October 2022 across the UK and you can register your interest for your nearest protest on the links above from Mothers Day 2022.

What Are Our Demands?

We believe there are three key issues that have a significant impact upon The Motherhood Penalty and we want the Government to acknowledge these issues and set out a plan for action. They are:

  1. Good quality affordable childcare for all children
  2. Flexible working as the default
  3. Ring fenced, properly paid parental leave

Has March Of The Mummies Happened Before?

Yes! The first March of the Mummies took place on Tuesday 31st October 2017 at midday in 6 cities across the UK and one city in California. The demonstration demanded recognition, respect and action for working mums and dads.

The main demonstration started on Trafalgar Square and we marched to Parliament Square where we presented MPs with our demands for change.

Sister marches took place in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester. Families dressed up as mummies (the walking dead kind) to represent the archaic legislation that is currently in place, and of course it was Halloween!

Each march was family friendly and although the subject matter is very serious, the marches were fun events with face painters and music

Who Came?

Attendees included celebrities, politicians, influencers and high profile organisations as well as hundreds of people who want to see change. These included:

Helen Skelton (TV presenter), Manjinder Virk (actor and director), Sophie Walker (Leader of the Women’s Equality Party), Leanne Wood (Leader of Plaid Cymru), Ivana Bartoletti (Chair of the Fabien Women’s Network), Caroline Lucas MP, Jess Phillips MP, Afzhal Khan MP, Jo Stevens MP, Alison Thewliss MP, Mike Amesbury MP, Ellie Reeves MP, Kate Green MP, Mother Pukka, Susie Verrill, TobyandRoo, Candice Braithwaite, Alison Perry, Clemmie Telford, Too Much Mothering Information.

The protest also saw support from Keira Knightley, Stacey Solomon, Angela Raynor MP, Clive Lewis MP, Beverly Turner

What Happened After The Protest?

The protest generated a lot of press attention including: BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, The Guardian, Financial Times, BBC, Channel 5 News, Good Morning Britain, 5 Live (breakfast and daily), Vogue, Refinery 29, Elle Magazine, The Pool,  Telegraph (3 articles including: Everything you need know, I’m marching because and I lost my job), Manchester Evening News, I News, Sluggertoole, Families online, The Journal, Newsflare, Huffington Post, Window to the Womb, BBC Radio Wales, Cavospedia, Narc Magazine, Honest Mum, Global Radio North East, Metro Radio, BBC Radio Newcastle, Chronicle, Clyde News, International Business Times, Evening Times, Birth and Baby Network, Good to Know, North East Connected, Slick Mummy, View Digital, Morning Star,

Globally, Pregnant Then Screwed was mentioned in 138 articles on the day of the march.

There were 1035 Instagram posts about March of the Mummies and the hashtag #marchofthemummies was trending on twitter.

The next day…  March of the Mummies was raised as a direct question to Theresa May in Prime Minister’s Questions. She was asked if she had our demands and what she plans to do about the inaccessibility of shared parental leave.

Alt text: protesters with drums and placards at the March of the Mummies protests

Alt text: protesters dressed in spooky costumes and placards at the March of the Mummies protests



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