I've been having discussions with the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University recently and their data regarding new mothers returning to work shows that 3 out of 4 new mothers in the UK experience negative or possibly discriminatory treatment in the workplace, despite 4 out of 5 employers believing that they should support pregnancy, maternity and return to work.

According to a national review conducted last year, which surveyed women who had returned to work following maternity (HM Government/EHRC, 2016):

11% of women felt so poorly treated they were forced to leave their job

20% of women experienced harassment or negative comments

51% of women who returned to work flexibly suffered negative consequences.

It's no wonder the nations mummies felt the need to march today...