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Unreliable Mothers March 1, 2007

Posted by Winter in work.
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Some bad news here in the UK as women with children continue to face a lot of discrimination in terms of employment. See Lucy Ward’s article in the Guardian for more.

The report of the Equalities Review states:

Women with young children face the greatest employment inequality: lone mothers with a child under 11 are 45% less likely to be employed than a man with a partner; mothers who have a partner are 40% less likely to be in work than men in relationships.

Pretty bad, eh? Apparently women with young children are often viewed as less “reliable” workers than men in the same situation, which of course implies that many people still assume women will be doing most, if not all, of the childcare. If a man has children, there is no danger in employing him because his partner will be expected to do all the rushing around after the kids.

It should be noted that groups in some ethnic minorities and disabled people are also listed as being especially held back by unequal opportunities.

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